Tasting Table Monthly Bites: October
This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table New York.
Each month, HuffPost NYC joins TastingTable.com's New York editor, Tressa Eaton, to highlight our five favorite finds from the city's amazing culinary scene. Here's what caught our eye in October:
John Brown Steakhouse
With a new, larger location in Long Island City, <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/11075/ John_Brown_Smokehouse_is_flourishing_in_its_new_digs?ref=huffPo">this barbecue spot has a (happily) exhausting number of menu items to sample.</a> Let us help you focus by recommending that the cornbread, burnt ends and pecan pie are three items that must grace your brown-papered tray.
Laurent Tourondel may be a Frenchman, but he sure knows how to do an American burger proud. F<a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/10816/ LT_Burger_touches_down_in_Bryant_Park?ref=huffPo">ind a dozen takes on the burger at his new Midtown restaurant.</a> Boththe classic burger and the Dirty Chicken sandwich (smothered with smoked Gouda and frizzled onions) are swell--especially when paired with an almond gelato macaron shake.
Ever been confronted with a list of Chartreuse (by age and year) to pick from at your local bar? We didn’t think so. T<a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/10842/ Pouring_Ribbons_reinvents_the_cocktail_experience?ref=huffPo">his and other clever delights fill out the drink menu at this new East Village drink spot.</a> For a cocktail, try the mai tai-esque Dueling Banjos--which employs two bourbons, lemon, curaçao and corn milk in its recipe.
<a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/10945/ Rustic_L_E_S_delivers_with_Moroccan_flavors?ref=huffPo">October has been good to burgers.</a> At this slip of a spot on the Lower East Side, Yassir Raouli’s take includes ground lamb, caul fat, good cheddar and (to our minds) the non-negotiable addition of crisp strips of duck bacon.
If you’re shocked to find such a high-end restaurant in close proximity to the toxic Gowanus Canal, we suggest you quickly get over it. <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/10985/ The_Pines_joins_drive_and_hospitality_in_equal_parts?ref=huffPo">Now that Angelo Romano’s ambitious cooking has come to the neighborhood, other spots are sure to follow.</a> Go especially for the pastas and the after dinner-only backyard s’mores in the backyard.