Confessional’s (308 East 6th Street; 212-477-2400) menu only has a few vegetarian dishes, but it does them well. Case in point: The sweet corn goat cheese tamal with vegetable ratatouille ($10), which features a sweet and spicy tomato stew with zucchini, carrot and corn, and a dollop of goat cheese, all on top of a corn tamal. The tamal itself is soft and melts in your mouth, the butteriness of the tamal rounding out the dish.
You wouldn’t think a Latin restaurant would have a dish like ratatouille on its menu, since it’s traditionally from France. But the catch with Confessional is that it presents the food of Latin America — Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Argentina, among others — with a European spin. As for the name, you’ll understand once you walk in to the eatery. The walls are painted with black chalkboard paint, which have been penned with patrons’ secrets. Confessional might be the perfect place for you if you want to get something off your chest.
The Village Voice is counting down to our Best of New York City issue in October. We’re combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2015, in no particular order, save for the top 10. To read about previous dishes, browse our 100 Favorite Dishes page.