Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca

14. October 2004 Italian, West Village + TriBeCa 0
110 Waverly Place between MacDougal and Sixth 212/777.0303 about $200 for two, with a few drinks, with tip ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Our first time at Babbo, we went all out, asked questions about never-heard words written on the menu (braciole! francobolli! scottadita!) and picked out a bottle of red wine to match. I started ...

Portobello Salad with Smoked Yellow Peppers

09. October 2004 Vegetables + Salads 0
This is one of my favorite salads. The yellow bell pepper adds a sweetness to it while the portobello mushrooms make it beefier. I don’t have a grill outside my apartment–I don’t have an outside!–so I use the stovetop and hold the bell pepper using heat-resistant tongs. You can also broil the bell peppers until ...

Taleggio and Mushroom Tart

08. October 2004 Vegetables + Salads 0
Taleggio, a very rich and semi-soft cheese made from whole cow’s milk, has a distinct smell. When I saw this recipe in The New York Times, I knew it would be more fragrant with earthy mushrooms. It’s a great autumn recipe if you can afford some truffles or chantarelles in season. Otherwise, shiitake mushrooms will ...

Lamb Steak

08. October 2004 Lamb + Veal 0
A lamb steak is my fallback dinner when my appetite requires a big, sturdy meal but I’m too lazy to cook. A glass, or two, of red wine completes this dish. Ingredients: 2 lamb steaks salt, pepper, olive oil 1. Preheat oven to 350º. Rub with salt and pepper. Let them sit. 2. Using a ...

Jing Fong

09. September 2004 Chinatown, Chinese 0
20 Elizabeth Street between Canal and Bayard 212/964.5256 about $60 for two, without drinks, without tip ♥ ♥ You can’t miss Jing Fong with its shopping mall-style escalators. Sunday is the best day to go for dim sum to experience just one Chinese tradition in the middle of Elizabeth Street. There’s a lady at the ...