Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Radishes

radishThe modest radish has gotten a raise in profile recently, thanks to creative chefs. A root vegetable that dates back thousands of years, the radish hasn’t been highly revered in American cuisine (see Wind, Gone with The) — until now . This speedy growing garden staple is a spicy, crunchy delight and has moved beyond mere garden marker and salad ingredient to stand-alone star of many dishes. One of my first fine dining experiences featured a tray of crudités that included some ruby radishes. I took a bite of one, and realized it was the second hottest thing I’d ever eaten (The first was a spoonful of Chinese mustard that my jokester brothers conned me into eating!). My tongue burned, I winced, and I didn’t touch a radish again for at least a decade. Now, my palate has expanded, and so has our choice of radish; beyond just the ubiquitous red radish, chefs have embraced many heirloom varieties, including black, French breakfast, icicle, and watermelon. In addition to showcasing the fresh flavors of raw radishes, this member of the cabbage family is being served roasted, coated in butter (Hello, NoMad!), grilled, on crostini, and in ice cream! Find out which restaurants have diners raving about radishes in recent reviews.

Aveline, San Francisco, California: “We split two desserts: one, dirt, made with radishes and oat ice cream, was stimulating.”

* Babbo Ristorante, New York, New York: “We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, and everything was delicious. My first roasted radish ever.”

The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota: “The food was amazing, even down to the crackers with radishes and salt before the meal.”

Cafe Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois: “First, the outstanding food: ricotta with radish and asparagus served in a tiny jar with crostini — fabulous; roasted radish salad — great; pasta with garbanzo beans and pancetta, pork chop with polenta — both wonderful.”

Cucina 24, Asheville, North Carolina: “Great apps…..French breakfast radishes in garlic butter!”

Doi Moi, Washington, D.C.:  “The radish cakes were very flavorful and perfectly crispy and hot.”

Farmstead Grill, Baltimore, Maryland: “Chicken with salad — panko-crusted chicken on kale with marvelous dressing; slivered radishes on toast; rosemary multicolored carrots — swoon-worthy vegetables. Many excellent vegan and vegetarian options.”

Flyte World Dining and Wine, Nashville, Tennessee: “I love the idea of ‘farm to table’, but what the chef did with the local produce was unusual and delicious. The charred-radish salad made me rethink radishes.”

Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minnesota: “The amuse bouche was a gorgeous bite of radish chip similar to a taco.”

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New York City 2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants Named: Book a Table Today!

TMGNYC2014OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide New York City 2014. Sixty-seven restaurants are included, with seven New York restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, with five achieving two Michelin stars. Fifty-five restaurants earned one Michelin star, with nine new additions, including Carbone, Lincoln Ristorante, and The Musket Room.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., New York is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are San Francisco and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2014, the city’s seventh edition, will be introduced Oct. 23, and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2014 will be published on Nov. 13.

Congratulations to all the recipients, including:

Three Stars: DanielEleven Madison ParkJean GeorgesLe Bernardin, and Per Se.

Two Stars: JungsikMarea, and Soto.

One Star: 15 EastAi FioriAldeaAnnisaAquavitAureoleA Voce ColumbusA Voce Madison, Babbo Ristorante, Blue HillBouley, BrushstrokeCafe Boulud, Carbone, Casa Mono, Caviar RusseDanny Brown Wine Bar & KitchenDel PostoDovetailGotham Bar and GrillGramercy TavernHakkasan, Jewel BakoJunoon, Kajitsu,  Lincoln RistoranteMinetta TavernThe Modern, The Musket RoomThe NoMadOceanaPublicRosanjinRouge TomateSeasonal Restaurant and WeinbarSushi of GariTamarind-Tribeca, TelepanTorrisi Italian SpecialitiesTulsiWallsé, wd~50, and Yakitori Tori Shin.

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Make a Reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th for Hurricane Sandy Relief

PrintHurricane Sandy happened months ago, but the communities affected by this superstorm, especially those in New Jersey, are still working toward recovery. You can help by observing National Dine Out Day. When you dine out on Wednesday, June 19, at a participating restaurant, a percentage of your check will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. To date, the fund has granted more than $11 million to aid in home rebuilding, mold remediation, financial and legal counseling, economic development, and social services such as mental health support and food pantry replenishment.

Participating restaurants include Amanda’s Restaurant in Hoboken, Babbo in Manhattan, and Monsoon Asian Kitchen in Babylon, among others.

National Dine Out Day is a great way for people around the country to get out of the kitchen for a night, dine out at a participating restaurant, and help New Jersey’s victims get back on their feet. Make a reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th at one of these participating restaurants in New York or New Jersey to show your support for those still struggling.



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