I thought it only seemed appropriate to share a few of my favorite, most exciting culinary discoveries so far this year, for my first post in a long while. Here are some gastronomic delights that I’ve found to be utterly delicious thus far…
Empellon serves beautifully innovative and complex Mexican fare which manages to simultaneously stay utterly comforting in a homey, delectable fashion. With vibrant, smart flavor profiles and perfectly composed and executed dishes, Empellón is a must.
105 1st Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 780 0999
Another classic book with elegant visuals and perfect pairings from my culinary hero Yotam Ottolenghi. A follow-up to his famed vegetarian “Plenty” which focuses on local, vibrant and modern middle eastern style dishes. As soon as you open Plenty More you’ll be able to find a countless number of recipes that you’ll want to try for yourself. No doubt a book worth buying for your shelf, if for the visuals alone. Available for purchase here.
Blue Hill Yogurt
Straight from Blue Hill Farm these yogurts highlight the natural sweetness in earthy vegetables, succeeding in showing younger individuals that vegetables are not only incredibly flavorful but can, of course, be sweet. You can learn more about the natural, 100% grass-fed yogurt here.
Vosges Bacon Caramel Toffee
I’m usually not a fan of these sorts of confections but this toffee is really well done. Made with hickory smoked bacon and Alderwood sea salt, the bacon doesn’t offer an overwhelming meat flavor, but instead a lovely subtle smokiness which cuts the buttery toffee quite well.
A small Soho cafe with an interior reminiscent of a house in the south of France, you wouldn’t necessarily guess at first glance that there was a Michelin-starred chef behind it all. Maman serves a different, seasonal menu each day with heavy French influences and fresh baked goods. Their perfectly floral lavender hot chocolate is worth the visit. The wonderful lavender flavor perfectly balances the richness of the chocolate and then the whole thing is topped off with a luscious layer of foam. I’m in love with Maman already.
239 Centre Street
New York, NY
(212) 226 0770
Dickson’s Farmstead Meats
A great, artisanal butcher focusing on locally raised hand picked meats from small farms in Upstate New York, absolutely hormone free. Dickson’s also specializes in handmade charcuterie made by celebrated New York chef, David Schuttenburg. The butchers are incredibly knowledgeable about all of the produce and are eager to offer advice about anything. A modern take on the old-school butcher.
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 242 2630
Image Via Maman