Tomato salad at New Leaf restaurant

July 9, 2010 3:05:07 PM PDT
Climb to the top of Fort Tryon Park and you'll discover the New Leaf Restaurant and Bar.

It's located in a building maintained by the New York Restoration Project founded by Bette Midler.

All the net proceeds from new leaf go back into the park and to community gardens.

The setting is a draw, but so is the food, which includes salads, pastas, profiteroles and burgers.

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Vine Ripened Beefsteak Tomato with Roquefort and Garden Radish

6 Tomato, Beefsteak
2 tablespoons Red Vinegar, Wood Aged
1 ounce Extra Virgin Olive Oil
to taste Salt
to taste Pepper
1 bunch micro red shiso or chervil
1 medium Red Onion, Thinly sliced
18 Bunch Radishes
6 ounces Roquefort Cheese or Berkshire Blue Cheese
1 bunch Flat Leaf Parsley

Blanch all tomatoes in salted water for 30 seconds and dunk in ice water, then remove skin off of tomatoes. Remove interior juice and seeds from tomatoes and pour through a strainer into a bowl.

To make the vinaigrette mix fresh tomato juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and seasonings then set aside.

In a pot of salted boiling water submerge parsley and remove; place in a blender, add seasonings and olive oil, blend for 5-7 minutes and strain after 30 minutes through a chinois.

Slice outside of tomato off making four slices and divide the rest of the tomato interior into four parts.

Form the tomato into a three inch ring, first with the interior of the tomato then the exterior of the tomato so it resembles the original tomato and place it into an oversized bowl. Pour the vinaigrette equally into six bowls and garnish the tops of the tomatoes with thinly sliced onions and chervil. Garnish the tomato dish with radishes, chervil, herbed oil and roquefort cheese.