Dirt Candy's dishes use single vegetables as their themes; they seek to deliver the most tomato-y tomato flavor and the most intense version of mushroom. Take a look into vegetable hero Amanda Cohen's tiny East Village kitchen to see how some of the prettiest (and tastiest) vegetarian dishes in New York come together.
Kimchi donuts [Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Dirt Candy 430 East 9th Street, New York 10009 (b/n Avenue A and 1st Avenue; map); 212-228-7732; dirtcandynyc.com Cuisine: Creative, sophisticated vegetarian Service: Knowledgeable Setting: Modern Veggie Options: Four appetizers and four main courses (made...
At Dirt Candy, chef/owner Amanda Cohen takes vegetables as far as they can go, sometimes to the point where their flavor potential astounds even her. But she's not on a soap box about vegetarianism. Rather, she uses her voice to even out the playing field between diners and chefs, encouraging conversation and communication over elitism and anonymity.