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

Chef Dan Kluger has a way with vegetables. He garnered lots of praise for his vegetable mastery at ABC Kitchen, which has become one of the trendiest NYC veggie-centric restaurants. And now he has his own place in Greenwich Village called Loring Place.

And just to be clear, these are not vegetarian restaurants. In fact Loring Place gets as much attention for their burger and roasted short rib as they do for their brussels sprouts pizza and leek & pear salad.

But there’s on question when dining at Loring Place, you want to make sure you eat your vegetables.

They’re spread out among the small plates, dips, spreads, and pastas. We had a few of these dishes and they were all balanced, bright, and fresh. But the rich Baked Ricotta was by far the stand out.

Served in a cask iron skillet this could be something along the lines of a cheesy Mexican queso fundido. But Kluger wouldn’t serve something so simple.

Instead he pairs it with expertly roasted kabocha squash which adds a nice level of sweetness. There’s a subtle spice and the warm ricotta is brightened up with plenty of parsley.

The combination of all of these ingredients spread on grilled sourdough is heavenly. But the truth is, the decadent cheese and squash don’t need any vessel at all. You could literally use a fork to ladle it into your mouth and you would be just as happy. And that, my friends, is how you do vegetables. Price: $16

LORING PLACE
21 West 8th Street (between Macdougal Street and Fifth Avenue),
Greenwich Village
(212) 388-1831
loringplacenyc.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.

One Response to DISH OF THE WEEK: Baked Ricotta and Roasted Kabocha at LORING PLACE

  1. Ttrockwood says:

    I am vegetarian and i went here with my (omni) friends for my birthday dinner last fall- we ordered five or six of the vegetable small plates and literally had to order seconds of the broccoli salad- who does that??? We also shared two of the amazing creative pizzas- the entire meal all we could talk about was how freaking amazing the food was.
    I just wish it was closer to my apartment or my office (although probably good news for my bank account it isn’t!)

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