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Happy Dirt Candy-kah!

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In just 72 hours you will be giving your loved ones gifts and do you really want to run the risk of seeing disappointment in their eyes? The best way to ensure that they are in awe of your gift-purchasing abilities is to give them a Dirt Candy gift certificate. If you need one at the last minute, no problem! We can get it to you, and we sell them in all denominations. In fact, two days ago I sold a gift certificate for $76.85. The only way to get them is to call the restaurant between 10am and 5pm today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) and talk to whoever answers the phone (212-228-7732). I’ll run your credit card and get it out to your loved one ASAP.

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And on that note of holiday cheer, I have a present for all of you who’ve made 2011 so much fun: Dirt Candy’s family photo for the holidays. Note the Christmas sweaters.

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In the back, from left to right: Justyna (my server); Vincent (prep man);
Kristen (server and prep person); Armando (brand new dishwasher).
In the front, from left to right: Travis (my new sous chef); me; and
Danielle (the reigning queen of prep).

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We’re super-thrilled to be welcoming in the New Year, too! Back Street Boys-style!

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Dirt Candy: keeping it street!

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Or maybe you’d prefer it with a little bit more holiday cheer?

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Dirt Candy Christmas

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Cuvee Les Amours Hugel Pinot Blanc

We don’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and the rest of the usual suspects we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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Sometimes I spend a lot of time carefully picking out the wines on my list, but other times one just follows me home and I fall in love with the little scamp. Case in point:

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“A Cuvee Les Amours Hugel Pinot Blanc! Can I keep her?
I promise to feed her and wash her and walk her every day!”

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I’ve never had a French Pinot Blanc on my list before, but when this wine arrived as a last minute substitute for my Riesling, which was suddenly unavailable, I fell in love with its extreme Frenchiness pretty fast.

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The Holidays are Coming!

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It’s been an endless whirl of activity here and so the end of the year sort of snuck up on me. For some reason, the holiday season seems to be when everything goes down, from (mechanical) dishwashers breaking to (human) dishwashers leaving, and so this feels appropriate:

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Also, we’ll all be taking a vacation and Dirt Candy will have special holiday hours. The restaurant will be closed from December 24 to January 2, re-opening on Tuesday, January 3.

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They Hide the Wine Inside the Bottles?!?

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When I started drinking wine, I was horrified. Instead of being able to get at my Talent Juice with a few quick twists of the wrist, as I could do with all of my favorite alcohols (vodka, tequila, Mad Dog 20/20), I somehow had to get a cork out of the bottle? Who uses corks? Pirates? Even worse, I discovered that this hunk of dead tree stuck between me and the magical liquid that will make me forget all of my problems (and give me some new ones) required a special tool for its removal. That this tool does not naturally occur anywhere on the human body merely adds injury to insult.

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So what kind tool would I use? There are a lot of options in the cork-removal industry (or the CRI, as I like to call it):

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But there’s only one kind of wine opener you should be using. Seriously. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it doesn’t break, and you’ll find it’s the tool of choice for waiters from the fanciest restaurants to the cheapest.

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The humble wine key.

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It’s got a little blade to cut off the foil, and a corkscrew.

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Trust me, you don’t need anything besides this.

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A lot of people are reluctant to embrace the simple utilitarian beauty of the wine key because they’re not quite sure to use it. Here’s a quick instructional video that gets the basics across, but basically you cut the foil, insert the corkscrew, then brace the little toothed metal hinged piece on the front against the lip of the bottle and lever the cork out. If I can do it, while salivating and ranting incoherently as I try to get at my wine, then anyone can do it.

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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