Where there’s smoke, there’s fire (a situation you tend to avoid).
Time to brave the flames: Cherrywood Kitchen opens tonight.
Chef Chris Cheung (Jean-Georges, Nobu, Monkey Bar) spent last summer grilling, smoking (food only, we’re sure), and experimenting with different woods and ingredients in Prospect Park. And though the red-tinted, modern Soho joint has slightly less grass, trees, and outdoor space, the same delicious techniques apply.
Dig into chilled crawfish and lobster with Chinese sausage crumble and caviar (be sure to include a bit of pickled cucumber in each bite) or salmon head salad to start. A healthy serving of eel-stuffed smoked chicken with a spicy-sweet glaze and ham hock relish has enough meat for two; we suggest sharing it with spring veggies steamed in a beer-rubbed lotus leaf with crispy smoked mushrooms (ask for extra).
For dessert, opt for fresh fruit (pie, that is) or a chocolate, caramelized banana, and sesame mochi fritter concoction.
Either way, you won’t feel burned.
Cherrywood Kitchen, 300 Spring Street, at Hudson Street (646-559-2328 or cherrywoodkitchen.com).
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