From a pitch-perfect take on creamed spinach hush puppies to an on-point octopus layered over bacon, here’s what the Gotham team ate this month.
Hush puppies at Quality Eats (19 Greenwich Ave.). “It's hard to improve on hush puppies, but Quality Eats has managed to do it. Their creamed spinach hush puppies are crispy on the outside and oozing with gooey, cheesy greens inside. Served with a side of beef jus aioli, they are a nearly perfect, decadent snack.” –Juliet Izon, Online Contributor
Sweet & spicy boneless wings at Monarch (71 W. 35th St.). “I usually don't gravitate toward wings when eating out (it's messy, I'm clumsy), but these looked too enticing to pass up. The tender, boneless bites layer a mouthwatering chili limi glaze atop breaded, all-white chicken meat and come served with a side of chipotle aioli for dipping.” –Rakhee Bhatt, Assistant Online Editor
Billy's bacon and octopus at Delmonico's (56 Beaver St.). “Octopus is in my top five favorite foods, but it’s sometimes tricky to find it perfectly charred and not overcooked. Delmonico’s executive chef, Billy Oliva, not only knows how to cook it to perfection, he adds an extra bit of deliciousness by expertly pairing it on top of a serving of crispy fat bacon.” –Madina Papadopoulos, Online Contributor
Vegetarian fried chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick (178 Ludlow St.). “It’s rare to find imitation chicken with the perfect, not-too-tough texture and fried up just like the real thing. But after every bite of Sweet Chick's vegetarian fried chicken, I couldn’t believe how crunchy and flavorful it was. Pair it with the rosemary and mushroom waffles and smother everything in syrup for an awesome sweet-and-savory meal.” –Tricia Carr, Online Contributor
Truffle risotto at MAMO (323 W. Broadway). “I’m a fan of truffle everything, but Mamo’s truffle risotto takes it to the next level, topping the cheesy rice dish with paper-thin, freshly shaved black truffles that truly shine against the simple foundation. Bonus? Celebrities like Beyonce are known fans of the resto.” –Cait Rohan, Online Executive Editor