Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 03/11/2015
Photo: Evan Sung
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86 Allen St., 212-228-7732, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Chef Amanda Cohen outgrew her original Dirt Candy in the East Village almost as soon as she opened its doors in 2008. For six years it was hard to get one of the 18 seats, such was the mania for her clever vegetarian dishes. Her new location on the Lower East Side has 60 seats, but it's not necessarily easier to get a table or stool. Cohen's audience has only amplified, thanks to media adulation and a star turn on Iron Chef America. The pretty, whitewashed-brick dining room has a small bar plus a row of counter seats facing the open kitchen where guests can watch Cohen and her team whipping up spinach mille-feuille with grapefruit ricotta, jalapeño hush puppies with maple butter, and grilled and smoked broccoli dogs with broccoli kraut and mustard barbecue sauce. It's currently open five nights a week, from Tuesday to Saturday, but the plan is to expand to seven days by summertime, and to serve brunch and lunch.