Foie Gras at Comme Ça

Comme Ça does the city’s most elegant foie preparation. Chef Brian Howard begins with Hudson Valley duck foie gras, cures it overnight in salt and pepper, and pan-sears it. The foie is flanked by a mission fig strudel, red-wine-poached pears dusted with yuzu and sancho peppers, pickled mustard seeds and duck powder. $25, at the Cosmopolitan, 698-7000.

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Grilled Artichokes at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria

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Grilled Artichokes at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria

Not exactly the giant softball-size variety known for numbing your palate to the subtleties of a fine wine. These grilled baby artichokes, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, are much smaller and perfect with a zesty, citrusy sauvignon blanc. With this dish you get plenty of those sweet, tender hearts wrapped in a few more mature leaves for dipping. The choke and stalk are edible and so delicious when they get a little caramelization on them from the grill. Dip in the proffered lemon aoli and marvel at this healthy, natural fast food. $12 for four halves, 1031 S.

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