Some people collect stamps, others collect vinyl, and some collect vintage convertibles. But we collect food memories. We spend our days hunting down delicious things in the hopes that they’re good enough to recommend to you. From incredible tomatoes to a crispy large schnitzel, these are the dishes that attained glory status in August.
Tomato Stew With Burrata
Part stew, part summer salad, this dish tastes like a bountiful summer harvest in a bowl. And it’ll make you forget everything you thought you knew about burrata. The creamy, soft cheese mixes in with the bright red tomato purée, fresh basil, and crunchy sesame garlic croutons to create a refreshing chilled summer soup. We like to use the croutons to sop up as much of the thick and chunky tomato sauce as possible.
According to their Instagram bio, Urubamba is the oldest Peruvian restaurant in the city. So if you’re looking for a Jackson Heights establishment that knows how to pump out a plate of fresh ceviche, this is the spot to try. Come here for a classic version of ceviche mixto with even more leche de tigre on the side, along with some plump pieces of lime-covered shrimp, tender raw octopus, and fatty chunks of white fish that will melt in your mouth.
Fish and chips
We can’t think of any time we’ve met fish and chips in NYC that made us want to exchange phone numbers. By contrast, Dame’s flaky white fish had us imagining a future together after two bites. The fried exterior looks puffy like a cirrocumulus cloud, and crunches with ASMR-level satisfaction as soon as you cut into it. Tip the bottle of ketchup upside down onto the pile of hot crispy potatoes and start planning your life together with a piece of fried fish.
Grilled head-on shrimp
We first went to this new late-night Mexican spot in Williamsburg for (several) copitas full of sweet-smoky mezcal. That experience was recommendable - albeit hazy - in itself. But now this tiny basement bar is serving a menu of grilled head-on shrimp, crispy tacos filled with smoked tuna and refried beans, chunky guacamole topped with salsa macha, and other dishes that make us feel closer to Mexico City than we geographically are. Come here for a nightcap or Happy Hour as soon as possible. It’s not quite a bar, it’s not quite a full restaurant, but Aldama is entirely worth your time. Especially for a sultry-adjacent date night or a friend catch-up where you both look hot (and know it).
We’ve eaten our fair share of schnitzel (how can you argue against the appeal of a dish that’s essentially the equivalent of a massive chicken tender?), but never met one quite like this. Bunny doubles down on crunchiness by adding a plop of popping wasabi tobiko to an already crispy piece of chicken. Eat everything with a bit of the Bavarian mustard-drenched cabbage slaw.
All of the pastries
7 Grain Army should be considered a holy place for people looking for gluten-free baked goods. All of the muffins, coffee cakes, and sandwiches at this Williamsburg are made with grains like fonio and quinoa. Their coffee cake has the consistency of a Twinkie, the blueberry muffin is filled with sweet cranberry jam, and the mushroom breakfast tacos wrapped in tortillas (made with a mixture of rice, oat, and corn flour) are regular guest stars in our food dreams. The small shop on Roebling Street opens up at 8am every day except Tuesday, and we highly recommend coming early to try everything while it’s fresh out of the oven.
Half-inch cubes of firm silken tofu coated in enough viscous doubanjiang-intensified sauce that they’re each evenly glossed. Unlike a lot of restaurants serving mapo tofu in NYC, Yu Kitchen uses minced beef instead of pork. While this garlic-forward mapo tofu certainly tastes fiery from the handful of Sichuan peppercorns swimming around and funky from fermented beans, you’ll only notice the numbing effect after your mouth empties and you remember to breathe. It’s delicious, and automatically comes with a side of white rice.