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What separates the seared foie gras at Bryce Shuman’s posh new midtown restaurant from the countless other foie gras preparations it’s our happy duty to sample year after year? It’s not the foie gras itself, or the kale garnish, which offers a healthy counterpoint to this famously unhealthy dish. No, it’s the lowly ham hock, which is cooked two ways (as a gourmet consommé and inserted into the actual foie gras) to bring a much-needed down-home kick to this tired, overly fussy haute-cuisine classic.
Best Foie Gras
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).