02/28/2012 10:57 am ET

February Dining In New York: Five Food Highlights

This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table New York.

Each month, HuffPost NYC joins'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 February:

Jack's Wife Freda: This new Nolita hotspot exemplifies everything we love best about New York café culture. At once effortlessly homey and stylish, it’s the perfect place to stop for a cup of Stumptown in the morning or a delicious fried-onion topped burger at night.

The Wayland: A triad of skillful cocktails, food and music await those who make the walk over to The Wayland, located on Avenue C in the East Village. Case in point, the Braised Beast short ribs: Silky with red wine, tomato paste and homemade sour-cherry jam, the ribs pair nicely with a Sour Cherry Flip.

Caputo's Fine Foods: Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens is famous for its Italian-American population. We’ve found an old-school shop that does cannoli right, filling each fried shell to order with dense ricotta studded with chocolate chips and sweet notes of cinnamon and vanilla.

Talde: Spicy and flavorful Sriracha is a necessity on our home tables. Chef Dale Talde agrees. At his new Park Slope restaurant, Talde, he uses a simple trick--dehydrating Sriracha for an extra flavor-punch when mixed with ranch dressing. We tried it on everything from lettuce to Korean fried chicken.

ABV Wine Bar: Looking for inventive and interesting eats and drinks on the Upper East Side can be a chore. ABV Wine Bar fills the void with a great selection of wine-on-tap and fun food to match. We’re fond of the fried smelt, steak tartare pizza and the pocket burger.