5 FRESH-FIG DISHES TO EAT RIGHT NOW

Fresh figs are a cook's dream ingredient: so good on their own that they basically do all the work for you. Dried figs may be available all year long, but the distinctively delicious, sweet, chewy, fresh kind come around only twice a year. Here are six new, interesting dishes to try before they're all gone: http://nym.ag/1NTak6v
  1. Fig Tart, Dominique Ansel Kitchen. Dessert man Dominique Ansel does not deal in ordinary treats. At his West Village shop and dessert-tasting table, he is going all out with this new tart topped with balsamic-glazed figs, walnut frangipane, and ricotta-and-thyme whipped ganache.
  2. Fig and Endive, The Dutch. At Andrew Carmellinni's handsome house of American comfort food, chef de cuisine Jason Hua pairs California figs with bitter endive, goat-milk Camembert, and spiced nuts for some crunchy contrast.
  3. Fig and Endive, The Dutch. At Andrew Carmellinni's handsome house of American comfort food, chef de cuisine Jason Hua pairs California figs with bitter endive, goat-milk Camembert, and spiced nuts for some crunchy contrast.
  4. Fresh Fig Gelato, Il Laboratorio del Gelato. The ice-cream engineers over at the sleek-looking Houston Street ice-cream parlor have a knack for bringing out an unusual clarity of flavor in their gelato in a way that actually tastes good. They make three fresh-fig ice creams (white, black, and brown turkey), when in season.
  5. Figs, Wassail. Wassail made some noise as NY's first cider bar when it opened earlier this year, but that's hardly all that's going on there. Case in point: pastry chef Rebecca Eichenbaum's ambitious desserts. She's using figs in a dessert with oat milk, Angelica oil and an Angelica-and-lovage cake that tastes a lot like a different kind of edible.