Over the past week in NYC, we’ve chowed down on some great sashimi, excellent cioppino, and one helluva stack of pancakes. Here are the four best things we ate this week.
Cioppino at The Wayfarer, 101 West 57th Street, 212-691-0030
You’ll have to cough up a pretty penny to dip into this fish stew, but if you’ve got the cash — or the expense account and a client to impress — it’s a worthy order. A bowl of deeply savory and mildly spiced tomato-infused fish broth is loaded up with all manner of mollusks plus crabs legs and a hefty lobster claw. Topped with raw, crisp zucchini, it’s hearty enough for a rainy day — and light enough for spring.
Sashimi at Sushi Dojo, 110 First Avenue, 646-692-9398
It’s always a treat to drop into this low-key East Village sushi lair, where chef David Bouhadana turns out pristine cuts of immaculate fish. This time, we opted for sashimi, which netted us slabs of salmon so plump with fat they cut like butter, ruby red tuna, cold sea urchin, and a number of other treats. Start your meal with a little red miso, and don’t forget to check out the sake list.
Lemon ricotta pancakes at James, 605 Carlton Avenue, 718-942-4255
James offers one of our favorite brunches — and bloody marys — in the city, and we’ve never ordered a dud. But our perennial favorite dish from this kitchen is the stack of lemon ricotta pancakes, which surrender decadence and citrus across your tongue as you chew. The flavors play nicely with blueberries, which top the stack.
Chicken habanero sausage at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 285 Bedford Avenue
If you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite in Williamsburg, you’ve got a few food options; one of those is Rosamunde, a sausage joint that also pours craft beer. We’re not normally chicken sausage people — we believe franks should be made of cow or pig — but we make an exception for the chicken habanero link here. The juicy, spicy sausage pairs well with grilled onion and sweet peppers, and is best sided with some baked beans.