Earlier this week I had the special opportunity to attend a Saveur Test Kitchen supper with Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer of Manhatta, one of New York's most buzzed-about new restaurants of 2018 and a Union Square Hospitality Group joint.
Hosted by one of my favorite magazines (culinary or otherwise—seriously, I once applied for an unpaid internship here 15 years ago even though I couldn't afford to do that, but I LOVE @saveurmag), the menu was described as "a seasonal and soulful approach to New American dishes that are inspired by New York City’s melting pot of cuisines."
This is a vegetarian version of the fresh pasta served as the second course. I can't remember what else was on it/what was removed, but I was told whatever was removed was replaced by "more truffles." Everything should just be replaced with "more truffles." (It's also not on the menu yet at Manhatta, but we all vocalized to the chef that it should be!)
A chocolate whiskey tart with creme fraîche and sesame seeds, the last of which was a common theme throughout the menu.
Personally I love sesame seeds, especially on desserts, but you can see them mixed in with this veggie tarragon dip for the radishes and, of course, these chewy sesame cookies also served during dessert.
And I must add that those canelés were some of the best I've had ever. They were not dense, light with a few air bubbles on the inside, and perfectly soft enough when you bit into them.