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It’s no secret that some of the best dishes at NYC restaurants aren’t found on the menu. These special-request, unlisted items are created by chefs exclusively for diners in the know. All you have to do is ask, and you shall receive. But what exactly should you be asking for?
Check out my list of the 15 best off-menu eats that you can score right now—from badass burgers (Ai Fiori, Gramercy Tavern, Virginia’s) to over-the-top pizzas (Marta, Nicoletta, Roberta’s) to specialties from the sea (Seamore’s, Oceana), and many more! Read the full article featured on Thrillist here.
Parsnip sundae courtesy of Dirt Candy
In Italy, early evenings are all about aperitivi: traditional pre-dinner drinks accompanied by small bites, which dates back to the late 1700s. And the Epicurean Group—the team behind neighborhoods favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora and L’Apicio—highlights the classic aperitivi custom with their latest Italian-inspired restaurant, Alta Linea.
Located in the High Line Hotel’s picturesque courtyard garden, this seasonal outdoor eatery presents a modern take on rustic Italian cuisine. Settle into the tree-lined, 90-seat space for flavorful small plates and aperitivi al fresco, as well as full dinner entrées like Branzino in Cartoccio with olives, fregola, fennel, and garlic. Group beverage director Joe Campanale curated another vibrant libation list including signature spritzes and classic cocktails—there’s even a frozen Negroni on the menu. I’ll take two, grazie.
Alta Linea (meaning “high line” in Italian) is officially open, and there’s a good chance you’ll find me there, soaking up summer and sipping Pomello Punches.
180 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 212.933.9735, image courtesy of Alta Linea
The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555 kicked off in NYC with the tour’s first-ever all-female lineup of chefs. The nationwide traveling culinary competition, designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs and sustainable practices, challenged Big Apple chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Missy Robbins, Elizabeth Falkner, Leah Cohen and Shanna Pacifico to create a multi-course menu using an entire 200-lb. porker, from nose-to-tail. Hundreds of swine-loving gourmands gathered in Chelsea’s Pier Sixty to savor the meat-centric spread, while sipping wine from five different producers, a variety of spirits and punches from local mixologists.
A panel of esteemed chefs and judges, along with the crowd, voted for their favorite of the day. Besides scoring the ultimate bragging rights, the winning chef was crowned Princess of Porc and will advance to compete at Grand Cochon during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe invited me to shoot a video at the action-packed event. Check out the clip below to see which fierce female was crowned 2013 NYC Princess of Porc!
Congratulations to Brady and everyone who participated!