From an in-season ramp dish to cured swordfish specially prepared by an out-of-town chef, here's what the Gotham team ate this month.
Entertainment Editor Juliet Izon is enjoying ramps season with this mazeman dish at all'onda.
Mazemen at all’onda (22 E. 13th St.). “I am one of those insufferable people who gets extremely excited about ramps. But! The season is here and my favorite new dish featuring these alliums is at all'onda in Greenwich Village. There, they serve a mazemen (a type of broth-less ramen) with charred ramps, garlic, Parmesan, and spicy, crunchy breadcrumbs. Incredible!” –Juliet Izon, Entertainment Editor
Olive Oil-Poached Salmon at Sutton Inn (347 E. 54th St.) "The best thing I ate in April was the olive oil-poached salmon with favas, artichokes, and buttermilk vinaigrette at the Sutton Inn, a new-ish spot in the East 50s. Chef Scott Grewe, an alum of Jean-Georges and Aureole, is at the helm; the menu changes seasonally and is locally sourced. Great presentation." –Catherine Sabino, Editor in Chief
La Rillette de Saumon at Le District (225 Liberty St.). "The opening of Le District at Brookfield Place is a culinary game changer. La rillette de saumon is the lightest, loveliest, and utterly perfect French lunch at the Butcher Station. Visit the garden district (one of the four which include market, restaurant, and cafe and garden) for fresh local produce en route out." –Samantha Yanks, Executive Fashion Director and Editor at Large
Online Contributor Bao Ong suggests stopping by Chefs Club by Food & Wine to sample fare from far and wide.
Cured swordfish at Chefs Club by Food & Wine (275 Mulberry St.). "I didn't have to leave Manhattan to taste Matthew Gaudet's cooking thanks to Chefs Club by Food & Wine. The chef of West Bridge in Cambridge cooked in the new restaurant’s Chefs Club Studio, where a dish of cured swordfish (with potatoes, bonito yogurt, sea beans, claytonia, and grated beef heart) was a feast for the eyes and senses." –Bao Ong, Online Contributor
Lavender Mousse at Nerai (55 E. 54th St.). "After trying a few things off Nerai's new brunch menu and downing a couple of bubbly cocktails, I didn't think there was room for more, but this light, aromatic treat proved me wrong. Paper-thin slices of pineapple surround a mound of airy mousse infused with just the right amount of lavender so that the flavor and scent don't overpower. It's finished with a drizzle of honey for sweetness and a few pecans for crunch." –Tricia Carr, Online Editor
The Tartare de Boeuf "a Notre Facon" at Pardon My French (103 Avenue B). "I've never met a beef tartare that I didn't worship. The version at Pardon My French—a chic new bistro on Avenue B—is bite-sized perfection. Here, crisp barley chips are piled high with tangy tartare, along with a smattering of fresh mushrooms. It's simple, but strays from the classic, and is perfect for sharing." –Anne Roderique-Jones, Online Contributor
Pappardelle at Upland (345 Park Ave S.). "I finally forced myself to go to Upland this month to see if it really lived up to all the hype—and it definitely did. The pappardelle with spicy sausage ragu, kale, and parmigiano had all the makings of a great pasta dish: cooked to perfection, slightly cheesy, and with a bit of a kick." –Catherine Park, Online Editorial Assistant