Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

CHEZ SARDINE, 183 West 10th Street (between West 4th Street and Seventh Avenue South), West Village

Nose-to-tail dining is the practice of serving all parts of the animal. There’s no waste and some of the more delicious pieces are actually the ones that usually get thrown away. Things like crispy skin or fried pig tails. They sound strange and perhaps scary to your typical American, but serving these dishes is a good way to practice responsible carnivorism.

Chez Sardine is operating on a different level. They’re doing head-to-head eating. You can really get up close and personal with your dinner through their popular miso maple salmon head.

Gabe Stuhlman’s restaurant is a tiny, but exciting hub in the West Village that is blending the experience of eating Japanese izakaya (bar) food with the refinement and technique of a French restaurant. It’s a unique fusion of flavors and most everything we tried works.

Miso-Maple Salmon Head at CHEZ SARDINE

The miso-maple salmon head is really just that Рa head. After you say hello and stare your meal in the eye, you can start tearing apart the flesh like a culinary science project. The browned head is broiled with a healthy glaze of miso and maple syrup Рgiving the head a rich, sweet flavor. A tangy radish salad with lemon juice helps cut the richness. Every morsel of fat and meat is amazingly flavorful Рin fact, bits like the cheek and collar are probably the most flavorful part of the fish. Who needs the rest of the body??

Plucking up pieces of salmon fat from the cartilage is rewarding, fun, and delicious. And somehow, I feel less guilty about eating salmon face fat than I do a fatty chunk of ribeye. And without any waste. Completely guilt-free!

CHEZ SARDINE
183 West 10th Street (between West 4th and Seventh Avenue South),
West Village

(646) 360-3705
chezsardine.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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