“Waiter, my vegetables are burnt.”
If you’re the one taking issue, clearly you aren’t up on one of the latest trends in gastronomy: vegetables charred to a delectable crisp. Call it a mistake gone right.
To find out what it’s all about, check out these places with burnt offerings from the garden:
At Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, with branches in Kings Park and Hauppauge, burnt broccoli is a popular side dish wherein florets are served up crunchy, charred and garlicky. The restaurant also burns string beans. ($8.95). Ciro's Italian Restaurant is at 74 Main St. in Kings Park, 631-269-2600 and 470 Wheeler Rd., Hauppauge, 631-761-6378, cirosrestaurants.com.
In Hewlett, the family-style Cucina di Vargas, will not only burn your broccoli; they will also char your cauliflower. ($7.95 individual; $13.95 family style). Cucina di Vargas is at 12 Franklin Ave., Hewlett, 516-596-7260, cucinadivargas.com.
Burnt Brussels sprout leaves ($6) are rendered crunchy and sweet at both Jackson’s in Commack and its new gastropub sibling, Morrison’s in Plainview. The leaves are individually pulled, flash-fried and then tossed with cider vinegar plus a few “secret” ingredients. Morrison’s is at 430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, 516-932-8460, morrisonsny.com
Jackson’s is at 6005 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-462-0822, jacksonsrestaurant.net.
At Abeetza Next Door in Greenvale, chef-owner Joseph DiLorenzo chars broccoli on an open grill and then briefly sautées it in a superhot pan with roasted garlic and olive oil before shaving some Reggiano cheese on top. ($7). Abeetza Next Door is at 82 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale, 516-484-3123, abeetza.com.
And if you want some burnt broccoli to eat at home, try Marine Fisheries in Great Neck, a fish market that also sells vegetables and salads to go. Here, the long stalks are seared in a hot pan with garlic, oil and lemon. The broccoli is sold by weight ($8.99 a pound). Marine Fisheries is at 521 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-487-3145.