Some excellent ways to enjoy eggplant:
- Szechuan-style eggplant is garlicy, savory, tingly, hot and absolutely amazing. Go to Szechuan Gourmet on 39th Street in Manhattan and be happy to be alive.
- "Middle Eastern" eggplant dips, such as baba ghanoush. Beware, however, that some of these use mayonnaise to a sickening degree. Head to Kefi on Columbus in the 80s for excellent eggplant spread, or try the eggplant napoleon at Tanoreen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
- Eggplant Parmesan. I've currently been thinking about this dish very often. In fact, last night I didn't sleep a wink because I was considering it so intensely.
I'll report soon on my next iteration.