One of my favorite hidden spots in NYC is the ABCKitchen restaurant located in the ABC Carpet building in Union Square and close to the Flatiron Building. Okay, “hidden” is stretching it. A lot. This little restaurant is anything but hidden. Reservations go fast and yet somehow I am able to find an intimate little spot for two whenever I am able to pop in at an odd hour of the day. That, my friends, is the secret to maneuvering NYC. Pop in at the odd hours.
Their menu is simplicity at its best. Incredibly fresh dishes that look like they were effortlessly thrown together yet we all know there was a tremendous amount of thought put into them. Last time we were there the server accidently placed a bowl of beet and yogurt salad on our table.
Sensing our confusion, she smiled and said, “Enjoy. On the house.”
We tasted them.
Close your eyes and imagine the perfect blend of sweetness, touched with a peppery blend of tart, sweet, savory, and earthiness. Drag your spoon and swirl it around and you are greeted with a work of art.
While I did not get their recipe or even search for it on the web, after a minute or two of close examination and savoring, we determined this was quite possibly going to be our newest most favorite salad of all time and one of the easiest.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the magical beet and yogurt salad from ABCKitchen.
See for yourself how simple it.
Add a healthy dollop of whole plain yogurt to a bowl. Don’t skimp with the wimpy low-fat or no-fat yogurt. Go all in, friends.