The new classics
Just because it ain't broke doesn't mean it can't be improved. These three reinventions bring new flavors, and some other great additions, to old favorites.
Mon Dec 8 2008
Chicken-liver sandwich with bacon on challah at JoeDoe
Imagine our surprise to discover that one of the year’s most intuitive flavor pairings is borderline sacrilegious. This spectacular sandwich combines Semitic catnip like rich chicken-liver mousse and sweet caramelized onions with a few shatteringly crisp strips of bacon. Thick, doughy slices of challah cradle the creation, and an accompanying pot of seasonal fruit compote mellows it out. Your rabbi never has to know. 45 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0262). $11.
Green-tea cupcake at Amai Tea & Bake House
In a city that is both health-obsessed and willing to wait hours for cupcakes, this Japanese twist on tradition should be at the top of everyone’s list: The light, moist cake and silken buttercream are balanced by the intense flavor of ceremonial-grade matcha green tea. Maybe—just maybe—the bonus ingredient’s health benefits are enough to counteract everything else. 171 Third Ave between 16th and 17th Sts (212-863-9630). $2.50.
Artichoke slice at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
Pizza purists are no strangers to interminable lines, but the slow-moving queue at this East Village newcomer could make DiFara’s Domenico DeMarco cower. The wait is well worth it: The signature slice is remarkably heavy, loaded down not with pristine pecorino or delicate petals of the namesake veg, but rather a chunky, tangy, ridiculously satisfying artichoke-and-spinach spread. 328 E 14th St between First and Second Aves (212-228-2004). $4.
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