Lamb Curry and Lentil Sambusas Are the Dishes We're Digging This Week
Our edible escapades this week took us up to the Bronx and out into Brooklyn with stops in Manhattan in between. We were particularly enamored of noodles -- they were tucked into a curry, swimming in a bowl of ramen, and covered in spicy red sauce. We also found a steak tartare worth loving and an Ethiopian dumpling we're continuing to crave.
Steak tartara Piemontese at Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich Street, 212-925-3797
Several years into this Andrew Carmellini restaurant's Tribeca run, you still need a nighttime reservation -- the spot is consistently packed, and it's hard to nab even a bar stool. But go for a late lunch, we learned, and you'll have no trouble landing a table. And you'll still be able to get into the steak tartara, a heap of silken beef studded with hazelnuts and imbued with earthy truffle topped with a quail egg and a slice of crispy guanciale. Split it with your table, or have it for lunch -- it's substantial. --Laura Shunk
Lamb curry at King Noodle, 1045 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-456-6543
King Noodle via Facebook
This neon-infused den of debauchery is known for serving uber-hip stoner food, often combining noodles and low-brow, proprietary ingredients like Doritos and Spam. But the lamb noodle curry is something else altogether: Wide noodles come dressed in thick coconut curry with a generous serving of mildly-musky braised lamb and long strips of sweet red pepper. Topped with bean sprouts and fresh herbs, this dish is far classier than its surroundings, and it's worth a trip even if you don't have the munchies. --Hannah Palmer Egan