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La Primavera

Spring is finally here. Happy happy joy joy. Ramps. They smell like bear piss mixed with onions. I adore them. Salad greens, edible nasturtiums, shallots and onion chives with a […]

Winter Fatigue

I know the growing season in the New York metropolitan area isn’t as varied as say, that of San Francisco, but would it hurt for us to have something GREEN? […]


Apologies in advance for the quality of some of these photos. Redhead Gibson cocktail:  Plymouth gin, pickled cippolini onions, fresh pepper Smoked trout, pickled onions, sour cream, fried potato sticks […]

Spring Dawning

Spent this morning having dim sum in Flushing, Queens, then went to get my bi-weekly haul at Union Square Greenmarket. Shrimp dumplings. Egg custard tarts. Shrimp pastries. Red cooked pork […]

Staying Put

After all the drama, all the apartments and various ads on Craigslist, I’ve decided to stay put. I kinda like my space even though the shower is temperamental, the smoke […]

In the Groove

Duck pate, pistachio and onion marmalade 2006 Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain Veal cappellaci, sage, cauliflower, lemon butter sauce Black tagliatelle, lobster, chorizo, calamari, mussels Striped bass, crab, […]


Big Eye tuna, honshimejji mushrooms, capers, vitello tonnato sauce Seared scallop, hen of the woods mushrooms, parsnip puree, caviar viniagrette Sweetbreads, pickled cauliflower, shallot marmalade Lamb pappardelle, tomato concasse, picholine […]

World Tong

Spent this morning having dim sum in Brooklyn… Steamed rice with Chinese sausage and gingko nuts Top: stewed tripe with turnip in curry sauce; bottom: tripe with vinegar, jalapeno pepper […]

The Modern at MoMA

Arctic char tartare, trout caviar, watercress 2006 Paul Blanck Riesling Classique, Alsace, France Parsnip and sunchoke puree, diver scallops, black truffles, chives Slow-poached egg in a mason jar, Maine lobster, […]

New York City Dining — 2007

This list was hard to think about, much less rank. That being said, I tried my damndest even though for some people, my palate is somewhat pedestrian. 😉 Cod, watermelon […]

Weekend Vista

Yes, I know, it’s Thursday morning as I’m posting this. A selection of cheeses and condiments, bread and wine at Otto.  Not shown, though I’m sure he wouldn’t have minded:   […]

Beacon Kitchen Counter

“Smoky” kir royale Lobster fritters, saffron, tarragon, sherry vinegar dip Fennel amuse, herb butter, fleur de sel Wild mushroom pizza, red onion, basil Leffe Blonde Ale from Belgium Roasted oysters, […]

Market Day

Clockwise from top left: delicata squash, een choy, pork shanks from Flying Pigs Farm, baby Russian Banana potatoes, parsnips, salted butter from Ronnybrook Farm and whole milk fresh ricotta. It […]


Pork belly, Asian pear, celery root, smoky rogue “blue” cheese 2004 Jean Gervais Bordeaux Braised lamb shank, picholine olive tapenade, spice-roasted cauliflower, lamb jus Broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic and […]

Indian Summer

Some pix from the greenmarket this weekend: Miniature Japanese black eggplants the size of a palm.   * * *   It’s simply amazing that heirloom tomatoes are still available […]


Previous dinners at Hearth can be seen here and here. Big Eye tuna, capers, pickled mushrooms, vitello tonnato sauce. 2002 I Clivi, Galea, Friuli, Italy Seared hamachi, black radish, celery, […]