In the magazine this week, Adam Platt lauds the Breslin, which outdoes the Spotted Pig with its excess: Theres more booze (the wine list is seven pages long); more butter, salt, and pork (the three pillars of Bloomfields inspired brand of cooking); and much more attitude, he writes. When parceled out in smaller doses, however, many of Bloomfields meaty creations are worth the price of admission. If youre looking for a new way to warm up, Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite find eight hot, stress-meltingly comforting cocktails, from Fort Defiance to PDT.
In openings, the West Village Bistro le Gare marks the professional reunion of Maryann Terillo and Elisa Sarno, late of Jarnac and Babbo, respectively. Sweet Maine shrimp are in season, and weve got a recipe for shrimp rolls from Lukes Lobster. Rob and Robin also profile up-and-coming snack-food mogul Amy Hamberry, who turns kale, the entirely virtuous, dark-green-leafed vegetable, into an irresistible, only slightly less virtuous snack chip thats poised to take over the health-food-store world. Finally, the delicatessen Mile End settles into Boerum Hill to traffic in Montreal-style smoked meat.