There's probably nothing duller than steamed cauliflower—which is why cauliflower in just about any other form gets us so excited. Roasted or fried, it turns crisp-tender with irresistible nutty brown bits. Blended with cream or butter, it becomes rich and silken, a decadent soup or purée. And that's just scratching the surface. We've had excellent cauliflower dishes in New York from chefs of all culinary persuasions. Here are ten of our favorites. What's your favorite cauliflower preparation?
'Vandaag' on Serious Eats
"I almost always find hot drinks disappointing," says Martim Smith-Mattsson, beverage director at New York's Vandaag in the East Village. "So many just taste like they've been sitting on a warmer all day. I wanted to make something fresher, more vibrant." Check out his unusual recipes for hot cocoa, hot cider, and a very loose interpretation of a hot buttered rum.
We write about restaurants all over the city. But sometimes, you don't want to travel for food; you want the best eats right in your neighborhood. So we're having the Serious Eats staff share where they eat around their own 'hoods. Today? Serious Drinks and Sweets editor Maggie Hoffman!
Sure, we'd be happy eating heirloom tomatoes with nothing but a sprinkle of salt or a slather of mayo this time of year. But how are New York's chefs celebrating tomato season? Here are some of our favorite tomato dishes across the city right now. Get 'em while they're here!
When I went out to restaurants as a child, my parents would warn me, "Don't fill up on the bread basket." At Vandaag, the East Village's Dutch-Scandinavian eatery, it's hard not to do just that. You seem them on nearly every table, the porcelain bowls overflowing with slabs of bread and billowing sheets of crisps. Accompanied with a flight of Danish beer, the bread makes an excellent cocktail-hour meal, especially when smeared with Vandaag's gin-scented butter and lemon-eggplant spread.
For such a virtuous vegetable, carrots make some mighty tasty desserts—from a carrot cake doughnut with a tunnel of cream cheese frosting, to a carrot cake spoon bread baked in a ramekin, and so much more. Carrot-lovers, check out our five favorites in the city!
My current favorite is the Snail Smørrebrød ($13), in which nearly a dozen snails, still warm, are lightly coated in a creamy, savory dressing and served a toasted slice of crusty, hearty bread.
When mixologists from Employees Only, Gramercy Park Hotel, Pegu Club, Vandaag, 1534, and Death & Co. (plus many others) are on hand shaking up cocktails, you know you're going to drink well. (Perhaps too well for a Monday night.)
Why start your day with the ordinary cereal and milk when you can mix it up with sweet breakfast breads? Portable, discreet at the office, and easy to eat on the go, they're a much more delicious way to start the morning. Here are five of our favorites. From a soft chocolate-cherry loaf, to a supremely moist banana bread and sugar bread accompanied with a house-made chocolate-hazelnut spread, it's a sweet start for each day of the work week.
At Vandaag the Frisian Sugar Bread is like cinnamon roll meets sweet bread, with a healthy topping of pearl sugar. It's served by the generous half-loaf for $4 or whole for $7.
Smørrebrød are Danish open-faced sandwiches; and the Duck Confit ($13) version from Vandaag needs no second slice of bread.
Brunch at Vandaag is something to be reckoned with. It's an edible tour de force that can be only partly expected, because there's no doubt that the kitchen does wonders by night, and because brunch rarely sees such wild creativity.
It's been quite a year for restaurants in New York. In fact, though it's hard to believe, some of my very favorite spots in the city have opened their doors within the last year. And others just came to our attention in the last twelve months, reminding us how very much exists in the world of New York restaurants. Here's a recap of my favorite eight reviews this year.
Vandaag, in a word, is refreshing. Refreshing to navigate an East Village dining room without climbing over chairs or toppling a busboy. To find entrées and appetizers, not a roster of small plates of heritage pork belly and bacon-fried everything. To be greeted warmly at a young downtown restaurant. And to find a menu that doesn't seem derivative—either of a single culinary tradition or of current restaurant standards. It's hard to compare Vandaag to another restaurant in New York right now.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] A dish of Hete Bliksem ($8) at Vandaag in the East Village is a blessing on rainy days. "Hete Bliksem" literally translates to "hot lightning," an apt description. Individual cocottes are filled with an appealing...