Senegalese, Chinese, and Raw Vegan on our List of Good Eats This Week
We eat enough to put the fat in Fat Tuesday just about every day of the year, so suffice it to say we're not following up that day of feasting with 40 days of fasting. And in our never-ending gluttonous soujourns, we've enjoyed a handful of dishes around town this week, including a fig and cheese sandwich at a classic spot, a raw vegan sundae, and a Senegalese special occasion dish.
Yassa ganar at Joloff, 1168 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0523
A friend who spent some months in Senegal tells us that yassa ganar, a chicken stew made with onions and lemons, was a real treat in that country, reserved for special occasions and feasts. At Bed-Stuy's Joloff, you could eat it every day if you wanted. Hunks of tender bird lifted by sweet citrus come covered in soft caramelized onions and sided with a scoop of rice (sub in the tomato-imbued joloff rice if you want, though that's not really a traditional move). We like to eat this with a glass of bissap, a sweet and spicy magenta-hued juice derived from sorrel. -- Laura Shunk
Manouri cheese and fig sandwich at The Smile, 26 Bond Street, 646-329-5836
At Carlos Quirarte and Matthew Kliegman's downtown standby, chef Melia Marden sings a perfect harmony of salty and sweet in this glorious, simple sammy. Marden bookends thin-sliced, crispy pears with a fat cut of manouri cheese, mild and milky, in whole grain bread slathered with fig jam, then drizzles it all with truffle oil... It's decadent, yes, healthy enough that you won't repent it later. -- Hannah Palmer Egan