From a decadent pork-driven meal for two at Tuome to a seriously upscale take on Oreos at Maman, here’s what the Gotham team ate this month….
Online Contributor Bao Ong can't resist digging into the Pig Out for two at Tuome.
Pig Out for two at Tuome(536 E. Fifth St.). It's a good thing that chef Thomas Chen's Pig Out dish for two consists of only 10 perfectly crisp, bite-size pieces of Berkshire pork belly because otherwise, I wouldn't be able to stop eating it. The bowls of spicy peanut noodles served on the side with this tasty dish are just as on point. I almost wish this was all for one. –Bao Ong, Online Contributor
Seared scallops at Racines(94 Chambers St.). At the cool neo-bistro Racines, chef Frederic Duca offers scrumptious scallops served with sunchokes, hazelnut, and juniper/orange flavorings. Arnaud Tronche is co-owner and sommelier—let him guide you through the wine list, where many wines are exclusive to the restaurant. –Catherine Sabino, Editor in Chief
Black truffle and chicken soup dumplings at Red Farm (2170 Broadway). Swanky Chinese dim sum is the perfect antidote to this dreadful weather. Here, impossibly elegant dumplings are filled with chicken, pork, and truffle broth. This, and everything about Red Farm’s warming haute-Chinese cuisine is why you brave the NYC cold. –Anne Roderique-Jones, Online Contributor
Maman Oreo cookie at Maman(239 Centre St.). I'll let you in on a little secret: there is a bakery that makes a better Oreo than Nabisco. Maman, a jewel box of a spot in SoHo, serves the best sandwich cookie I have ever tasted. The chocolate biscuit is perfectly crumbly and just a touch salty, while the vanilla filling is smooth and rich. If you go, just be sure to leave one for me! –Juliet Izon, Entertainment Editor
Canapés at Juni(12 E. 31st St.) The procession of canapés that proceed dinner is reason enough to book a visit to Shaun Hergatt's Juni. These single-bite affairs come to the table one by one, and guests are instructed to simply pick them up with their fingers and devour. The canapés are all at once delicate and explosive, hot and cold, showcasing ingredients that range from heady truffles to the sweetest beets. –Kathy YL Chan, Online Contributor
Slow-roasted goat at SD26 (19 E. 26th St.). I rarely go out to eat on Sunday nights but couldn’t resist stopping by SD26 for their new Family Dinner, which features chef’s-choice dishes served family-style. A staple from when SD26 was San Domenico, the slow-roasted baby goat with rosemary roasted potatoes and braised artichokes is comfort food at its best, and definitely makes the winter a little more bearable. –Erin Riley, Assistant Editor
A semla at a preview for Marcus Samuelsson’s soon-to-open Streetbird Rotisserie. Marcus Samuelsson took over a nondescript Mexican spot on the LES, El Maguey y La Tuna, for one night to test out recipes for his new joint, Streetbird Rotisserie, opening this spring. The lo mein-style egg noodles were a hit but my highlight was the dessert—Marcus’ take on the Swedish semla, a brioche bun filled with almond paste, topped with whipped cream, red velvet sauce, powdered sugar, and shaved chocolate. –Cindy Augustine, Online Contributor
Patate alla carbonara at Marta(29 E. 29th St.). I'm a huge pizza fan (I lived in Italy for four months), and I have never had something quite like this. This thinly sliced white pizza has potatoes, guanciale, pecorino, and egg, and will make you never want a marinara slice again. –Christina Clemente, Editorial Assistant
Farm-fresh veggies at Blue Hill at Stone Barns(630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown). Blue Hill likes to showcase its locally sourced ingredients with a 'no utensils necessary' starter. Your waiter will come by to (artfully) throw down a variety of sauces, which you can then dip the farm-grown veggies into—if it helps, I was sitting a few tables down from Mary-Kate Olsen that night, so it’s clearly a hit. –Catherine Park, Online Editorial Assistant
Elote at Tacuba(35-01 36 St., Astoria). This delicious appetizer of charred corn with mayo and cotija cheese topped with tajin has just the perfect balance of spice and flavor. I also recommend trying the langosta tacos, which feature spicy lobster with chipotle mayo, avocado, and cilantro. –Anastasia Tsioutas, Art Director