The 10 Best Things We Ate in April

May 05, 2014 | by The Gotham Staff | Food & Drink News

The Gotham team recaps the month in restaurant meals, from caviar tartare at Le Cirque to a brie and herb burger at Harlem's newest hot spot. 

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Wagyu and caviar tartare at Le Cirque, editor in chief Catherine Sabinos' best bite of April. (photo: Evan Sung)  

1. Caviar tartare at Le Cirque (151 E. 58th St.). This is an exquisite, melt-in-your-mouth appetizer pairing raw, pure-bred Wagyu beef raised at the 7X ranch in Colorado with a topping of American sturgeon. It's sublimely light, despite the richness of the ingredients.Catherine Sabino, editor in chief

2. Scrambled eggs at Gato (324 Lafayette St.). Eggs aren't just for breakfast when they're this rich and custardy. Swirled with romesco sauce, creamy bûcheron cheese, and accompanied by tomato confit toast, it’s possible that I licked the bowl clean. I hope chef Bobby Flay didn’t see!—Juliet Izon, entertainment editor

3. Caramelized cauliflower ravioli at The Writing Room (1703 2nd Ave.). Hello, umami deliciousness. With every bite there's caramelized cauliflower for creaminess, brown butter for sweet saltiness, blood orange for citrus, capers for twang, and watercress for crunch. P.S. this is an off the menu special.April Walloga, online editor

4. Octopus a la plancha at Chicane (430 Broome St.). I took a gamble on the evening’s special appetizer—and it paid off. Colorfully plated with frisée, blood oranges, and purple potatoes, the octupus meat was tender, decadent, and grilled to perfection.—Dalene Rovenstine, copy editor 

5. Brie and herb burger at Chéri (231 Lenox Ave.). I didn't think I could still be wowed by a burger, but the creamy brie burger I ate at Chéri in Harlem was a winner! Crunchy and perfectly cooked, the meat was the perfect pedestal for the quasi-melted cheese. Another, mon chéri, please!Sylvie Bigar, online food and drink contributor 

6. Tartine of sea urchin, robiolina, and tomato butter at General Assembly (360 Park Ave. South). The fresh sea urchin is slightly sweet and briny. Then you bite into a layer of delicate whipped cheese atop a nicely toasted square of toast. There’s nothing fussy about this dish.—Bao Ong, online food and drink contributor

7. Foie gras and short rib agnolotti at Caffe Storico (170 Central Park West). The richness of the dish was perfectly balanced by an airy blanket of Parmesan froth, and just a touch of balsamic reduction. Little pillows of meaty heaven.Anne Roderique-Jones, online food and drink contributor 

8. The Forager pizza at Sotto 13 (140 W. 13th St.). If you love truffles and/or pizza, tuck into this decadent mix of wild mushrooms, ricotta, chives, and truffle oil. FYI, this place has a DIY prosecco bar; they bring the prosecco and a tray of mixers and add-ins right to your table.Cait Rohan, online managing editor  

9. Sheep's milk ricotta gnudi at The Spotted Pig (314 W. 11th St.). April Bloomfield's poufs of heaven on Earth—the West Village, to be exact. While the airy dumplings may occasionally vary in shape, they're perfectly stuffed with ricotta, buttered in sage, and sprinkled with Parmesan. And thankfully, they're never coming off the menu.Cindy Augustine, online food and drink contributor 

10. Charred octopus and smoked peppers at Barchetta (461 W. 23rd St.). Chef Dave Pasternack's new seafood restaurant offers incredible crudos (try the fluke with cherry blossom salt) and entrées like lobster fettuccine, but this dish best represented the Mediterranean ethos of this new Chelsea restaurant.—Ken Rivadeneira, managing editor 

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