The Five Best Things We Ate This Week
Our edible escapades this week turned us on to a worthy brisket substitute at one of NYC's most popular Texas barbecue joints, a killer grilled cheese sandwich, and some addictive babaghanoush. Behold, the five best things we ate this week.
Bucatini all'amatriciana at Emily, 919 Fulton Street, 347-844-9588
When first we tasted the fare from Emily, the homey new Clinton Hill Pizzeria that opened this winter, we fell for her crisp, crusty, wood-fired pizzas, her hot sausages oozing with fatty goodness, her sparse Caesar dusted with herbs. We vowed to return to taste her pastas. Last weekend, we did, and they didn't disappoint. Rather than fuss with rolling pasta in house, chef Matthew Hyland outsources the task to Sfoglini, the Brooklyn-based pasta artisan known for creative, superfresh semolina creations that toe the line between classic and avant-garde. Hyland puts Sfoglini bucatini to excellent use, tossing it with rich, fatty guanciale, tempered by red onion and bathed in bright fra diavolo for a serious kick. --Hannah Palmer Egan
Grassfed beef at Beautique, 8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200
In this gilded (and already star-studded, at least on the night we were in) dining room, chef Craig Hopson is serving some beautiful food. See, in particular, the savory crab flan, the crisp and addictive seasoned potato fries, and the rabbit, fava, and grape salad for proof. But the stone cold stunner of our meal was the grassfed beef, which pairs mid-rare, juice-drooling hunks of well-seasoned steak to a rich bone marrow flan, toast spackled with sweet caramelized onions, and -- because it is spring -- ramps. It looks heavy but eats light, which means it's as ideal for a warm night as it is for one of these last cold days. --Laura Shunk