Real talk: New York City is huge. And as hard as we try to source the most under-the-radar and outrageously tasty finds for you, dear reader, we can’t win ’em all. Egos aside, here are a few mouthwatering spots we admittedly didn’t stumble upon until just recently.
Table Verte Gone are the days of vegetarian fare being limited to bland tofu smoothies and microscopic lettuce wraps. From now on, we’re only settling for hearty French classics like mixed-bean cassoulet, fennel-and-onion confit and--wait for it--a goat-cheese tart layered with 180-day-old Swiss cheese. 127 E. Seventh St. (at First Ave.); 212-539-0231 or tablevertenyc.com
Selamat Pagi Balinese food from ice-cream truck owners--it doesn’t get more NYC (okay, Greenpoint) than this, folks. Come for the traditional fish curries and stay for the exotic custards. But don’t be surprised if it’s the deviled-egg appetizers you end up falling for. 152 Driggs Ave. (at Humboldt St.), Brooklyn; 718-701-4333 or selamatpagibrooklyn.com
Talde Sure, you’ve had chicken and waffles, but have you had Korean chicken wings in coconut-and-brown-butter syrup? What about pretzel-pork dumplings? Park Slope’s resident Top Chef alum Dale Talde and his experimental Asian plates are well worth the wait list. 369 Seventh Ave. (at 11th St.), Brooklyn; 347-916-0031 or taldebrooklyn.com