February 18 – Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
Wow, talk about your specific food holidays! Just for the record, there is no National Crab Day (though I bet there may be one in Maryland; anyone know of any such days there?). There is also no National Flounder Day. Yet, you put these two seafood creatures together–more aptly, stuff one with the meat of another–and you have February 18’s delicious day.
And while it’s a relatively well-known way to serve flounder–or a lot of other white meat fishes like tilapia or cod–it’s not so easy to find this particular dish on a New York City menu, let alone the “best” of the crop! Still, I found a restaurant–because there’s always some place in New York that’ll serve you what you need, no matter what it is!–that makes a mean crab-stuffed flounder. The Ponty Bistro in the heart of Gramercy makes such a dish: baked instead of pan-fried, the flounder stays evenly cooked while the crab stuffing is warm yet crisp. The restaurant itself is gorgeously cozy, with a menu that will rival its more famous (and more swanky) neighbors. Definitely worth a look-see, if you’re going to be celebrating this very odd and specific food day 🙂
218 3rd Ave (between 18th St & 19th St)
some reviews from Yelp.com:
“I ordered the flounder stuffed with crabmeat, and it was the best ever. Cooked in the oven, rather than in a pan, it was not heavy or buttery, but cooked perfectly. It paired well with a New Zealand cabernet sauvignon.”–Michael A.
“I had the crab ragout stuffed flounder with baby bok choy and fingerling potatoes. It was so good! Everything was prepared to perfection!”–Tiauna G.