Bone marrow is one dish that leans heavily towards the decadent end of the culinary spectrum and deliciously so. This winter, we’ve noticed quite a few unctous appearances in restaurants around the city, some prepared classically, others with a new twist. Miso-glazed bone marrow with orange and olive marmalade? That’s one we never had before Saxon + Parole recently opened. There’s everything from spoonable bone marrow at Prune to bone marrow tacos at Belcourt. Yes, bone marrow tacos. Here’s a few of our favorite discoveries…
Prune – Roasted Bone Marrow
Address: 54 East First. Street, btwn First & Second Aves.
There are several reasons to stop in this teeny, East Village eatery, especially brunch, but there’s an even better reason come dinnertime. Gabriel Hamilton thankfully doesn’t know the meaning of restraint: Order the roasted marrow and you get three cooked bones, sided by a parsley salad, sea salt, and bread to spread the warm, melting marrow onto.
Saxon + Parole - Miso-Glazed Bone Marrow
Address: 316 Bowery at Bleecker St.
Double Crown was seamlessly transformed into Saxon and Parole late last year, bringing a new and improved concept and menu. Take in the equine decor touches and start with a cheese boards or one of their seafood towers. When you’re ready to get serious, settle into the miso-glazed bone marrow with orange and olive marmalade and toasted brioche. While it may look like your typical marrow and toast pairing, the miso glaze lends something sweet and nutty to this classic. And try the Parole whiskey – Saxon + Parole’s own brand of American rye.
DBGB – Bone Marrow With Katz’s Pastrami on Rye
Address: 299 Bowery btwn. Houston & First Sts.
Chef Daniel Boulud made his foray into downtown dining when he opened DBGB on Bowery just a few years ago with this fancied beer hall, part French bistro part American pub. In translation, the kitchen’s turning out killer sausages and burgers to go with an impressive selection of beers with 22 on tap. And for dessert, there’s a roster of ice cream sundaes, so order with room to spare. But one of our favorite dishes this time of year is the beef bone marrow sliced length-wise, allowing for easy access to the tender marrow. Wait, there’s more. There’s also a unique addition of Katz’s pastrami, watercress, pickled mustard seed and tiny triangles of rye toast.
Blue Ribbon – Roasted Bone Marrow with Oxtail Marmalade
Address: 97 Sullivan St., btwn Prince & Spring Sts.
The Blue Ribbon empire just keeps getting bigger as do the slew of notable dishes coming from their kitchens, including fried chicken, rack of lamb and un-fried rice. Their beef marrow and oxtail marmalade ranks high on the list even, called ‘the best thing I ever ate’ on the Food Network show, but what we love is the combination of warm marrow and oxtail and tomato marmalade
Beauty & Essex – Marrow with Rioja Shallot Marmalade
Address: 146 Essex Street
The owners of Beauty & Essex know how to throw a party. It hasn’t really stopped since they opened, thus the free flowing champagne in the ladies room. Chef Chris Santos has devised a creative small plates menu with roasted bone marrow. It’s sliced lengthwise and paired with a rioja braised shallot marmalade and toasted bread. And since bone marrow is actually packed with vitamins and minerals, it’s the least guilty of the guilty pleasures of the evening.
Ilili – Marrow With Sour Cherry Tabbouleh & Pita
Address: 236 East. 5th AVe., btwn. 27th & 28th Sts.
For a Lebanese look at this rich dish, head to Ilili in Madison Square Park. There’s plenty worth sampling, including the duck shawarma, kibbe and semolina gnocchi, but you won’t want to miss the bone marrow, served with sour cherry tabbouleh and pita pillows. Instead of toast, you can fill a tiny pita pocket with marrow and sour cherry tabbouleh to offset the unctuousness.
Marea – Fusilli with Marrow & Octopus
Address: 240 Central Park South between 7th and 8th Avenues
When it comes to noteworthy marrow dishes, the fusilli with red wine-braised baby octopus and bone marrow at Marea is a clear frontrunner. Think of it as a unique take on surf and turf, there’s just something about the marriage of octopus and marrow with homemade noodles that we can’t get enough of. While anything with pasta and bone marrow implies hearty, the addition of fresh herbs, tomato, and basil lighten it up, making for a vibrant bowl of pasta.
Belcourt – Marrow Tacos
Address: 84 Eat 4th St., at Second Avenue
So we’ve had bone marrow all sorts of ways, but bone marrow tacos…that’s a game changer. The marrow tacos at Belcourt are served on warm, grilled tortillas and seasoned with parsley, caper, shallot, radish, lemon and sea salt salad. If you need more, the grilled hangar steak comes with a bone marrow sauce.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio – Marrow & Blue Cheese
Address: 13 East 13th St., btwn. 5th Ave & University Place
You’d expect cheese and wine pairings at a wine spot, but we didn’t see the bone marrow coming. Here, they pair all three with roasted bone marrow alongside Bayley Hazen blue cheese spread and toast.