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Fried Watercress at Telepan Local

Proving there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing

How’s this for resourcefulness: When a shipping error left Telepan Local with a staggering amount of watercress, chef de cuisine Joel Javier quickly figured out different ways to use the pungent greens. One experiment for the staff meal was gobbled up so quickly that it made its way onto the menu: fried watercress with cashews and chili oil ($9) subsequently became one of the most-ordered items, and it’s easy to see why. It’s probably the most exciting preparation of greens NYC has seen… ever — crunchy, light, spicy veggie genius. Of course, greenmarket guru and executive chef/owner Bill Telepan approved.


Fried watercress (Photo: Courtesy of Telepan Local)

Fried watercress (Photo: Courtesy of Telepan Local)

The dish also fit right in with his menu of “American tapas,” which includes those foie gras jammers ($5), one of our picks for Best of New York City on A Bun. Another great thing about Bill Telepan is his commitment to Wellness in the Schools, a nonprofit that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness for kids in public schools. If you happen to be in the Hamptons this weekend, on Saturday, August 2nd, Telepan will be serving a farm-to-table dinner after a Pro-Am tennis tournament to benefit the initiative.

Telepan Local
329 Greenwich St.

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