Where do chefs go to eat on their nights off? We’re asking them — and they’re divulging the best things they’ve eaten in the last month in this weekly column. Read more in the archives of The Best Thing I Ate This Month.
The Chef: Christian Ramos
The Gig: Chef/partner of Virginia’s (647 East 11th Street; 212-658-0182)
The Best Thing He Ate This Month: The pineapple-braised pork belly at Noreetuh (128 First Avenue; 646-892-3050)
“I love Noreetuh in the East Village. It’s in our neighborhood, the food is great, and it’s a perfect place to go post-shift from Virginia’s and sip on some sake.
“When I started at Per Se, the Noreetuh team — Chung Chow, Jin
“We opened our restaurants almost at the same time — Noreetuh a few weeks before us, so it took me awhile to get in there. But within a few visits I’d eaten most things on the menu, and we often go in after work for their incredible rieslings and
“One Sunday night…my partner Reid and I went in. They’d just put this pineapple-braised pork belly on the menu, and Jin suggested we try it.
“It’s spectacular. Everything about it is just spot-on. I’m not sure if they sous-vide it overnight, but they braise it perfectly; you can often overcook with a braise, but this was right on the money. It was fork-tender, with braised mustard green and yams, which doesn’t exactly scream summertime but really speaks to Chung’s cuisine as a child. It has these crunchy peanuts and sweet-and-sour pineapple, and with a cold, really refined sake, it was just perfect.”