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Celebrating Flavors of the Sea

May 19, 2014
Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

Summer is so close we can almost taste it! When I think of summer, I think of the beach, and then I think of seafood. This issue of Cravings features three exceptional dishes that celebrate the flavors of the sea.

Check out more of our seafood favorites here.

Baby Octopus / Celia Sin-Tien Cheng A. Rosette

At Rosette, chef Nick Curtin adds unexpected twists to classic, approachable flavors. The baby octopus appetizer is a prime example. When I tasted it, I immediately recognized familiar flavors but couldn’t pinpoint what they were. The tender yet charred octopus is served over a bed of Anson Mills Carolina Gold rice. There was... full article

Barley Risotto / Celia Sin-Tien Cheng B. Narcissa

I have a hard time resisting clams in any variety and preparation, but it’s not always easy to find well-prepared dishes that fully unleash clams’ umami flavors. The barley risotto with little neck clams at Narcissa is a celebration of the bivalve and a sublime demonstration of how it should be used. Deep flavors of the sea permeate... full article

Mussel Toast / Celia Sin-Tien Cheng C. Navy

Navy has been packed since it opened in February. The cozy space in Soho was home to the neighborhood bistro Jean Claude for over 20 years, but as Navy, it has been completely transformed with warm WWII-inspired maritime decor. With only 51 seats, the restaurant is tight and gets loud as the night progresses, so I prefer going early during... full article