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Nudibranch

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The menu at Nudibranch in the East Village seems like it was put together by someone blindly drawing cuisines from a pouch like Scrabble tiles. You’ll see frog legs with galangal, pork jowl with ají panca, and turkey neck with mole. The food is all over the place—and we’re into it.

Meals here are prix-fixe, and for $75, you get to choose one course from each of the three sections of the menu. We especially like the seaweed crackers topped with raw scallops and the flat iron steak with crunchy taro sticks, but it’s the cauliflower prepared three ways (roasted, puréed, and pickled) that we’re still thinking about. It combines creaminess and crunch with some subtle umami funk from fish sauce.

The spacious dining room has white brick and tiled walls, and, unlike a lot of East Village spots, the energy here isn’t rowdy. So think of this place the next time you want to have a real conversation with someone who isn’t afraid to try things they’ve never seen before. If you’re a completist, bring a group of four and knock out the whole menu in one sitting. Then do the same thing a few months later—because the menu at this spot is going to change seasonally.

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