RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013
Top-notch eateries spawning cookbooks is nothing new—from Momofuku to Eleven Madison Park—but it’s a rare day when the reverse happens, when a tome can spark such a culinary crush that a retail locale isn’t just desired, it’s demanded. Such is the fortune of Dorie Greenspan: The James Beard Award–winning baker-author (Baking: From My Home to Yours) has become New York’s de facto doyenne of cookies, garnering a monster following with her drool-inducing recipes. Dessert nuts waited with bated breath for Greenspan and her son Joshua to debut closet-size stalls at Essex Street Market and East Harlem’s La Marqueta last year. A marble counter showcases her elegant treats, three-inch discs of butter-rich shortbread acting as blank canvases for artful touches: sparkling sugar crystals, espresso grains, jewel-toned jam. That Jammer is the pièce de résistance—a streusel-wreathed, preserve-dotted concoction that fittingly came to Greenspan in her sleep. These sweets are what dreams are really made of, got that, Annie Lennox? Beurre & Sel, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (917-623-3239, beurreandsel.com)
It’s time to learn about another subsection of Japanese cookery: ippin, small and large grazing plates traditionally paired with sake. At this small eatery, chef-owner Mie Okada forgoes sushi for seasonal fare that utilizes as many locally grown ingredients as possible. Look for dishes such as grilled fresh bamboo shoots, as well as classics like shabu-shabu and sukiyaki.
Venue says: “The best Sukiyaki in the city and traditional Japanese dishes. Chef's tasting course from $48/pp and up”