As we transition from spring to summer, New York weather can be fickle. One day it’s cold. One day it’s a blazing inferno. Then it’s a blizzard. Then magically, it’s summer.
Like New York weather, ingredients are easily changed just by heat, cold, moisture, or even interactions with other ingredients. For our new seasonal menu “Same Same”, which launches May 3rd, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on the seasonal changes by exploring the duality of ingredients.
This seasonal menu we really wanted to explore ingredients that can be used more than one way. It’s amazing how a slight change in preparation can change the entire taste of an ingredient, for better or worse… like marriage. But we can save that for another day. We explore common and uncommon ingredients by pairing two variations of itself in the same flavor to express complementary duality. I think we just coined the term ‘complementary duality’.
peach, frozen yogurt, cheddar cheese crisp
Who doesn’t love a cheesy moment? We explore milk and how it can be fermented in different ways to well, make altogether different things – like yogurt and cheese. Here you can taste the contrast between the two, even though they’re both made from milk, but also taste how well they go together.
chicha morada, popcorn bread
We can be dorks too. Here come the dad jokes… We explore corn and how it can be prepared in different ways to make things like a beverage and bread. Here you can explore a contrast of textures, whether one is steeped, and the other popped, to see how texture could impact flavor.
Set the world on fire! We explore peppers and how different varieties of peppers can impact taste and experience with things like heat and seasoning. Here you can explore sensations of the tongue, one as heat, and the other as a tinge, to see how even different varieties of pepper could impact experience.
prickly pear, candied cactus meringue
Let’s do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around…? We explore cactus and how the different parts of this plant exhibit dramatic changes in taste and texture. Here you can explore cactus fruit and leaves, separately and together, to see how remarkable this desert plant is.
salted caramel sorbet, rum raisin
Who doesn’t want a sugar daddy (or momma)? We explore sugar and how different types of sugars can be used in different ways such as salted caramel and rum. Here you can explore the contrast in sugar flavors as a result of heat, and heat’s impact on texture and taste.
And there you have it. Can’t wait for summer? Neither can we. Our new “Same Same” menu launches May 3rd.