Chef Todd Mitgang’s first week out of the gate at Crave Ceviche Bar promptly yielded a dish of the week: a very good sign indeed. His inventive twists on the traditional result in champagne-soaked arctic char and “black and blue” veal cured in sherry vinegar and crushed olives.
The menu at this beachy midtowner winningly deceives with an appetizer labeled “traditional shrimp ceviche.” Though anchored in a straightforward marinade of lime juice, jalapeno and cilantro, succulent shrimp are tossed with terrifically charred nibbles of corn, tangy hearts of palm, and tomatoes. But what really sets this dish apart is the salty crunch it receives from a whimsical sprinkling of ancho chile-spiced popcorn.
Address: 946 Second Ave., nr. 50th Street
Until we eat again,
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