Many of my puffy-eyed coworkers have returned to the office today after partying it up in Aspen this weekend. The consensus so far is that most of them drank way more than they ate, but at least they drank very, very well. Stuck here in New York with a friend visiting from out of town, I had no problems noshing widely this weekend; in fact, it’s one of the best food weekends I’ve had in a while. Inspired by the “Five Bites” series F&W contributor Amanda McClements includes on her Washington, DC, blog every week, here are my weekend’s best five bites (and slurps):
1. Tangy, spicy geoduck clam salad with intensely smoky oysters at Soto. When I was in Richmond, Virginia, last March reporting on Food & Wine Across America, chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia and his wife Aline told me that New Yorkers were about to be very lucky. “Soto’s coming,” they said dreamily. They claim that chef Sotohiro Kosugi, a previously Atlanta-based Best New Chef 1997, makes the best food they’ve ever eaten. With dishes like this one that just pop with flavor, I can tell you that they’re not exaggerating.
2. Wine-battered, crackly-crisp asparagus fries in the back garden of Barbone are always a must-order at this cozy East Village Italian restaurant.