From an Indian dish fit for royalty to some seriously fancy waffles, here’s what the Gotham team ate last month.
Entertainment editor Juliet Izon suggests the galouti kebab at Awadh.
Galouti kebab at Awadh(2588 Broadway). “Manhattan is spoiled for choice when it comes to Indian cuisine, but new restaurant Awadh on the Upper West Side is truly spectacular. My favorite dish was the galouti kebab: minced lamb patties seasoned with Chef Gaurav Anand’s special heady spice blend. The dish was originally created for royalty, so naturally, I had to try it.” –Juliet Izon, Entertainment Editor
Mozzarella sampler at Obica Flatiron(928 Broadway). “At the very happening and newly opened Obica Flatiron, I adored the mozzarella sampler—bufala classica, bufala affumicata, burrata—and the risotto con scampi e asparagi.” –Catherine Sabino, Editor in Chief
Vanilla bean waffle at il Buco Alimentari e Vineria(53 Great Jones St.). “Crisp, light, and heady with vanilla, these waffles are the newest item on il Buco Alimentari's brunch menu. The waffles are served with dollops of hibiscus butter, housemade huckleberry-verbena compote, and whipped mascarpone. Pair them with a glass of rosé for a perfect late summer meal.” –Kathy YL Chan, Online Food and Drink Contributor
Funghi ravioli at Bistango Upper East Side (1420 Third Ave.). “My sister was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, so I’ve been helping her taste-test gluten-free foods. Most dishes at Bistango are gluten-free (even the bread!), but my favorite is their mushroom ravioli with ricotta salata, mushrooms, fried capers, and tomato sauce. It’s delicious and you definitely can’t tell it’s not 'real' pasta.” –Cait Rohan, Online Executive Editor
Uni chawan mushi at Sushi Zen(108 W. 44th St.). “Every delicate spoonful of the silky steamed egg custard is heavenly, and it gets even better as you dig into the fresh uni. But you also discover little treasures of shrimp and white fish as you work your way to the bottom of this beautiful dish.” –Bao Ong, Online Contributor
Online Editor Anna Ben Yehuda says San Marzano's garganelli is as delicious as it is artful.
Garganelli with tomato sauce at San Marzano(117 Second Ave.). “I'm a big fan of pasta and San Marzano's handmade kind is one of the best I've had in all of New York. I tried the garganelli with a simple tomato sauce and I already can't wait to go back!” –Anna Ben Yehuda, Online Editor
Matzo-meal fried chicken at Kitty’s Canteen (9 Stanton St.). “This kitty cat-themed den on the LES is worth a visit just for a round of feline-themed cocktails, like the Pink Pussy. But the Jewish-Soul cuisine—especially the crispy matzo-meal fried chicken, served on a bed of pastrami-spiced gravy with a side of spoon bread—is a terrific late-night nosh.” –Anne Roderique-Jones, Online Contributor
Cavatelli all’ortolana con pesto alla siciliana at Settepani (196 Lenox Ave.). “This month I dined for the first time at Settepani, and I will be back soon for another round. Each piece of cavatelli in this rich, vegetarian pasta course is smothered in thick, tomato-based Sicilian pesto. Shockingly, it doesn’t even need Parmesan cheese—it’s that good (but I added some anyway).” –Tricia Carr, Online Editor
Grilled peach salad at Cure Supper Club(pop-up). “Chefs Diego Moya and Bing Puangpakdee joined forces—with Miguel De Leon mixing drinks—on FiDi Thai, their pop-up dinner downtown. With Puangpakdee’s Thai influence and Moya's Spanish touches, the duo turned out yummy dishes, namely a simple grilled peach salad that was perfectly dressed with a crunch of almonds and hint of green chile that just worked. De Leon's Thai iced tea was creamy and spiked with cachaça, giving it a kick that was at once creamy and potent.” –Cindy Augustine, Online Contributor