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The New York Times Likes us. It really likes us!

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After getting two stars in the New York Times and realizing that Dirt Candy is the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to get two stars from the Gray Lady, I feel like this:

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We got a very, very, very short review from the New York Times when Dirt Candy first opened, sandwiched in with their review of Jollibee, the Filipino fast food chain with the world’s most awesome mascot:

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I wasn’t thrilled with that first quick $25 and Under review because I wanted a critic to seriously engage with Dirt Candy’s food and give me feedback, and it didn’t do that. It didn’t help that the restaurant still didn’t have gas when I got that review, either. But looking back, I’m glad it went this way. I’m such a different chef now, and my food is so different, and Dirt Candy is so changed that I’m glad the Times waited this long.

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I couldn’t have asked for a critic to engage more seriously with my restaurant and I couldn’t have found a writer who got what I’m doing more. I want this place to be fun. I think of Dirt Candy as my house (mostly because I’m here more than I’m at my actual house) and I want people who visit to have a good time. I know that the size of Dirt Candy is a drawback and keeps me from doing some of the things I want to do (more tables, a bigger wine list) but I try to compensate by making the food and the experience as party-riffic as possible.

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Also, while everyone’s congratulating me and being super-nice, I want to say that no one does this alone, and I definitely didn’t. That review is a review of Dirt Candy which means it’s a review of my entire Dirt Candy family: Danielle, my prep queen, Nin & Kyle who are the prep army, numerous interns, Raoul (who’s moving on from the line), Mike (who’s taking over), Justyna (my server), and Maurillo who is the best dishwasher I’ve ever met.

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My one question about Pete Wells’s review is: how did he get in here? Three times?

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In a way, it’s kind of eerie. I have 18 seats. It’s an open kitchen. I know what he looks like. I’m here virtually every night. I had no idea he came here. Three times!!! The man is like some kind of Dinner Ninja, and if he can get in here without me noticing, where else can’t he go? New Yorkers! Be alert! Is Pete Wells in YOUR restaurant? In YOUR living room? Did you wonder whose jacket that was in your closet? It’s Pete Wells’s jacket and right now he’s eating your porridge, sleeping in your bed, and you DON’T EVEN KNOW!!!!

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So thank you, New York Times, and thanks, Pete Wells. I’d invite you back to Dirt Candy but you’ve probably already been here twice today.

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Bonus restaurant shots: here’s a slideshow the Times ran with the review. It’s got some of the best pictures of the Dirt Candy dining room I’ve ever seen.

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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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