We live in the West Village and usually venture East in order to avoid the Halloween parade. This year we tucked into Little Giant (85 Orchard @ Grand) on the Lower East Side. The meal was amazing. Our only complaint was the playlist on the bartender's iPod.
One of my favorite dishes was called Beet Box - a tidy little dish with both roasted and pickled beets with toasted hazelnuts, sautéed beet greens, and a sprinkling of Humboldt Fog cheese.
This weekend was the final harvest from our garden. Turns out the deer got in sometime in the last few weeks, but they managed to miss the beets, who I imagine pleading for their lives from their dark underground world. (Thank you, Deer.) So we fired up the oven and roasted some beets, and didn't find any pickled variety, so we made a version of Little Giant's Beet Box. It looked nothing like the original. But it was good. The ecipe appears in the post directly below.
Pardon the terrible photography of the original Beet Box. Swear, it really was mighty pretty.