High: Churrasco with Chimichurri
Low: Grilled Flank Steak with Sichuan Peppercorns
Marcia Kiesel loves the numbing heat of Sichuan peppercorns. Inspired by dan dan, the Sichuan noodle dish, she seasons flank steaks with a simple but potent blend of the peppercorns and store-bought Chinese black bean–garlic paste.
High: Vineyard Sea Grill
When Mario Batali and his friends arrived at Cambados, a coastal village in Galicia, they were put to work harvesting clams. Later at the Vionta Winery, just outside Cambados, Mario built a fire from dried grapevines and corncobs—“for a bit of sweetness”—and grilled lobsters and navajas (razor clams).
Low: Grilled Shrimp with Citrus-Sambal-Oelek Dressing
The strong flavors of this shrimp dish—as well as the wine poured with it, a vibrant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc—are ideal for a bold-spirited Aries.
High: Grilled Pork Rib Roasts with Green Beans and Onions
To give pork rib roasts an irresistible sweet-salty crust, Jean-Georges Vongerichten marinates them in an amber mix of soy sauce and Grade B maple syrup, then caramelizes them slowly on the grill. He serves the meat on a bed of crisp green beans and slow-braised onions in a spice broth of star anise, fennel and cumin.
Low: Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
These sticky, apple-scented ribs are cooked in the oven, then finished on the grill. They’re a simpler version of a recipe by champion pit master Chris Lilly, author of Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book, who cooks his ribs entirely on the grill. To follow Lilly’s example, use a thermometer to keep the temperature at a steady 250° and wrap the ribs in foil after adding the apple cider mixture.
High: Minetta Burger
Minetta Tavern has become known for its spectacular hamburgers. The restaurant’s namesake burger is made with a blend of beef short rib and brisket from the nearly century-old local purveyor Pat La Frieda.
Low: Uncle Louie Burgers
Named for a line cook at Bar Marmont who added bacon, avocado and Russian dressing to the house burger, the Uncle Louie was once available only to staffers. Then a manager ordered a burger “Louie-style” in front of a few of the bar’s regulars and word got out. By popular demand, it was added to the menu.
High: Lamb Chops with Frizzled Herbs
Frying herbs like rosemary, parsley and sage for less than 45 seconds in a half inch of oil makes them ultracrispy; they are delicious with tender lamb chops.
Low: Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Kebabs With Lemon Butter
Chefs marinate lamb in yogurt to make it exceptionally tender, then give it an extra burst of tangy flavor with a basting of lemon butter just before serving.
High: Tuscan-Style Veal Chops
“Grill masters all over the world have noticed that when you grill a piece of meat and then anoint it with some kind of fat, it mixes with the meat juices and creates instant sauce,” Steven Raichlen says. “At Peter Luger Steakhouse, in Brooklyn, steaks get finished with a pat of butter; other places use beef tallow.” In Tuscany, olive oil is the fat of choice for finishing herbed veal chops like these.
Low: Grilled Meatballs with Scallion and Shaved Cheese Salad
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson makes his savory meatballs with a mixture of lamb, veal and bacon and, surprisingly, a little ricotta cheese to keep everything moist. He serves them on an unconventional salad of grilled scallions with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.