Finally! After two years of tweeting I finally met Ethan this week! He and his hubby Michael met me and my hubby Dave at Dirt Candy on the lower east side in NYC. It was love at first sight. Truly. We can’t wait to see them again (we’re thinking a vacation in Cancun….anyway…)
I became obsessed with dining there.
I am now obsessed with returning. Often.
Dirt Candy is teeny tiny. I mean it. I received a phone call the day before to confirm the reservation but to also stress that all four in the party must arrive on time. I get it. Just about the time they were ready to turn our table over for the next party I realized the next party had nowhere to stand but outside! It’s that tiny. Part of its charm, I tell ya.
The wine list is lovely. I described the type of red wine I enjoy (spicy) and the server suggested the Armador Carmenère 2010. She was spot on.
Let’s talk food. Dirt Candy is a vegetarian restaurant.
What is dirt candy? Vegetables, of course. When you eat a vegetable you’re eating little more than dirt that’s been transformed by plenty of sunshine and rain into something that’s full of flavor: Dirt Candy.
They can make almost every single dish vegan, at the diner’s request.
To start, Ethan and I split these
and Dave and I split these
Both starters were fantastic! The maple “butter”? I wanted to eat it with a spoon.
Each appetizer and entree is named after a vegetable. I went with Cauliflower for dinner.
Friends, if for no other reason, go to Dirt Candy for this dish! The waffle was incredible and I loved both the fried and pickled cauliflower!
We couldn’t pass up dessert. Ethan, Michael and I ordered pudding.
The blurry photo doesn’t do it justice. I wanted to dip my finger into that jar to scrape out every last bit of pudding. I should note that Dave ordered the Eggplant Tiramisu with Rosemary Cotton Candy for dessert–the only item on the entire menu that could not be made vegan. He loved it. The server gave him extra rosemary cotton candy, which is vegan, so that we three vegans could all nibble on it. So. Good.
It was one of those magical nights. Making new friends and sharing delicious food. I’m a lucky girl!