Eat Well: Bass Alison at Carbone

Have it your way.
Have it your way.Photo: Melissa Hom

Welcome to the new look of Eat Well. Every Monday, we’ll spotlight one new standout dish around town that just so happens to be good for you. This week, it’s the Bass Alison at a little-known, completely under-the-radar restaurant called Carbone. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Carbone’s all about customers having things their way, and it’s offering three bass dishes: steamed with potatoes, fennel with a side of salsa verde (Bass Alison); grilled with Tuscan chickpeas and oreganata vinaigrette; and roasted with Jerusalem artichokes and a pancetta-and-red-wine sauce. All three are obviously healthy; bass is high in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese (good for your sex hormones), and B-12 vitamins. The beauty of the Bass Alison (named after partner Jeff Zalaznick’s wife) is its clean simplicity. Instead of acting as a vehicle for butter, as some fish dishes around town do, this is steamed and scented with sliced limes. Order the sauce on the side and you’ll feel good enough about your meal to sneak in a bite or six of spicy rigatoni with vodka sauce, too.