Joseph Leonard turns a holiday favorite into a year-round fixture
Every holiday season we look forward to one thing more than all the gingersnaps and snowballs in the world combined: stuffing.
We've always wondered why this most classic of American side dishes appears (along with its cousins roast turkey and eggnog) for only a few special meals in November and December, then gets packed away with the decorations for another 10 months.
But thanks to the new West Village restaurant-bar Joseph Leonard, the holidays have come early. There, owner Gabriel Stulman and chef Jim McDuffee are determined to make stuffing a year-round fixture.
As with much of the expansive American (and subtly French) menu--which contains more dishes (40) than the restaurant has seats (31)--stuffing is a deeply personal issue with Stulman, who told McDuffee to make it a perpetual side dish ($6) and change its featured ingredients with the seasons.
Right now, they include sweet corn, leeks and tarragon--a combination that highlights some of summer's best flavors, but with a familiar texture that sets one's sights toward fall (click here to download the recipe).
Speaking of autumnal favorites: Turkey was originally slated to join stuffing as a permanent menu component, but it got axed just before the restaurant opened. "But we'll revisit it soon enough," McDuffee assures us.
Joseph Leonard, 170 Waverly Pl. (at Christopher St.); 646-429-8383 or josephleonard.com
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