From a standout antipasto platter at Barano to a welcome taste of summer at The Clam, here's what the Gotham team ate this month....
Antipasto tasting board at Barano(26 Broadway, Brooklyn). “The mix of expertly-cured meats, stretchy mozzarella, and pickled sides make this antipasto board one I'd eat anytime of the year. Add a glass of wine and it doesn't matter what season it is.” —Bao Ong, Online Contributor
Chocolate Tart at King (18 King St.): “Though this gorgeous Southern Italian eatery is known to change their menus daily, the chocolate tart with crème fraîche remains the same—and for good reason. It was made with the perfect amount of sweetness (that is, not too sweet), and had a light, soufflé-like texture. Highly addicting.” –Catherine Park, Online Assistant Editor
The Fried Clam and Lobster Sliders at The Clam (420 Hudson St.). “This handsome, cozy neighborhood spot doubles as a destination seafood joint, and I can’t believe this is my first visit since it opened in 2014. These sliders combine the glories of a lobster roll and a fried clam roll, and it is a match made in heaven. Who needs summer when you have this sandwich?” –Oussama Zahr, Managing Editor
Chili Squid at wagamama (210 Fifth Ave.).“I love a steaming bowl of ramen and the chili chicken version at wagamama was delicious, but the chilli squid side was a real standout. It was crispy and had just the right amount of seasoning. Bonus: this wagamama location is the first with a full cocktail menu—try the Mojito and the Whiskey Sawa.” –Casey Brennan, Online Contributor
Caramel Monkey Bread at the Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Fl.). “I finally made it to the Rainbow Room this month to sample their Sunday brunch. Live jazz, incredible views, and elegant service—it almost didn't matter if the food was any good. But, my, is the food good. It's hard to pick a favorite bite, but the complimentary warm monkey bread might be the icing on the cake. Pun intended.” –Juliet Izon, Online Contributor
Spicy Tuna Roll and Wagyu Beef Sliders at Reserve Cut (40 Broad St.). “Perhaps the Financial District's best-kept secret, Reserve Cut is tucked away on the second floor of the Setai and offers an extensive steak and sushi menu—so, I ordered both. The spicy tuna roll and Wagyu beef sliders on homemade brioche buns with tomato chutney, sweet gherkin, and spiced tater tots it was. My taste buds were obviously thrilled.” –Francesca Conlin, Online Contributor
Coconut Shaved Ice at Macao Trading Co. (311 Church St.). “As a kid in the winter, you try to catch snowflakes on your tongue, but you never seem to catch enough to taste them. Chef Erica Ohrling's Coconut Shaved Ice at Macao Trading Co. makes that childhood whimsy come alive with its soft cloud of shaved ice soaked in coconut milk, and sprinkled with fruit.” –Madina Papadopoulos, Online Contributor