King Crab with lemongrass, wild ginger and Rose Ceranium with perlagonium graveolens

King Crab with lemongrass, wild ginger and Rose Ceranium with perlagonium graveolens

Black Bass with artichoke petals, mushroom and Marigold with tagetes

Black Bass with artichoke petals, mushroom and Marigold with tagetes

Smoked Trout with brown butter, liver

Smoked Trout with brown butter, liver

Amaranth Toast with smoked roe, tartar sauce

Amaranth Toast with smoked roe, tartar sauce

Surf Clam with leek, spring garlic

Surf Clam with leek, spring garlic

Sea Urchin with carrot, lobster

Sea Urchin with carrot, lobster

Dumpling with chicken, shrimp and Lemon

Dumpling with chicken, shrimp and Lemon

Lobster Roll with yeast, meringue

Lobster Roll with yeast, meringue

Ceoduck with lardo, air baguette

Ceoduck with lardo, air baguette

Chefs preparing

Chefs preparing

Cod with black walnut, olive and Chamomile with matricaria recutita

Cod with black walnut, olive and Chamomile with matricaria recutita

Hushpuppy with smoked yolk, corn

Hushpuppy with smoked yolk, corn

Roasted duck with green tea and Sucrine with cucurbita moschata

Roasted duck with green tea and Sucrine with cucurbita moschata

Almond with strawberries, hibiscus

Almond with strawberries, hibiscus

Yogurt with marshmellows, brown butter

Yogurt with marshmellows, brown butter

Petit Fours

Petit Fours

Had a pretty incredible dinner at Atera in Tribeca for my birthday this year with the hubbie. Hidden away on Worth Street, the facade does not look like an entrance to a restaurant at all, but wa-lah!—upon opening the door and being graciously greeted by the most sincere maitre d', you are ushered into an extremely cozy, but gardenesque dining room/kitchen. It is a countertop-dining style restaurant (seating at a counter facing an open kitchen), serving only one 3-hour, 20-course tasting menu a night. All the courses were made with the freshest seasonal ingredients and every dish was so artfully crafted and simply a delight. I can say this was one of the most satisfying meals I've had in NYC, and would love to come again sometime in the future, as the menu I've heard is constantly evolving. Cheers to Chef Matt Lightner, as Atera is so deserving of its Two Michelin Stars.

Atera
77 Worth St
New York, NY 10013

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