From a refreshing cucumber tartare at Cafe Medi to frozen yogurt at Olmsted, here’s what the Gotham team ate this month….
Cucumber tartare at Cafe Medi (107 Rivington St.). “The cucumber tartare at Cafe Medi on Rivington Street is the perfect light summer dish, yet it's packed with so much flavor. The avocado makes it a hint creamy and the Thai basil gives it a kick.” –Jordi Lippe, Online Contributor
Queen Crabs at Sauvage (905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn).“I checked out Sauvage recently—from the same people as one of my favorite spots in Williamsburg: Maison Premiere. I knew their cocktails would be on point but their food was too—especially the queen crabs served with brown butter. Don’t let it go to waste: get the bread and soak up whatever's left.” –Cindy Augustine, Online Contributor
Frozen Yogurt at Olmsted (659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn). “Olmsted is THE restaurant of the summer, thanks to their ethereal garden, and no dish is more refreshing on a sweltering evening than their frozen yogurt. This is no ordinary fro-yo: whipped to the consistency of a cloud and topped with lavender and honey, it will make you forget about soft-serve forever.” –Juliet Izon, Online Contributor
Lamb tartare at Virginia's(647 E. 11th St.). “A friend and I fought over the last pieces of the lamb tartare at Virginia's. There was nothing game-y about this dish. It was slightly sweet and mild and paired perfectly with the creamy Greek yogurt, harissa, and pistachios.” –Bao Ong, Online Contributor
Fried Kumamoto Oyster at o ya NYC (120 E. 28th St.) “The first time I tried squid ink in a risotto while in Milan, I was both wary and excited. After eating it, it was as if that squid ink stung my heart with a gourmand's love arrow. At o ya NYC, chef Tim Cushman's fried kumamoto oyster showed up on my plate, topped with ethereal squid ink bubbles, and I couldn't wait to savor the delicate and unique roll. And like the squid ink risotto and fried oysters before it, it hooked me at the first bite.” —Madina Papadopoulos, Online Contributor
Root Beer and Cornbread Sausage at The Cannibal Beer & Butcher(113 E. 29th St.). “Two summery, Southern favorites combine at Midtown meat oasis The Cannibal Beer & Butcher for an unreal treat. This is sausage like you’ve never seen it before with a mix of sweet, spicy root beer and savory cornbread, served atop a creamy butter sauce and alongside smoked cauliflower.”—Cait Rohan, Online Executive Editor
Pappardelle at Meadowsweet (149 Broadway, Brooklyn): “This Michelin-starred Brooklyn eatery serving up seasonal eats is totally worth the trek for both their a la carte and tasting services. I couldn't get enough of their perfectly-cooked pappardelle served with roasted mushrooms, summer truffles, and topped with shaved Parmesan. Pro tip: Order all the veggie sides." –Catherine Park, Assistant Online Editor