From Our Editors
Executive chef Michael Presnal oversees The Federal’s kitchen, which turns out a constantly shifting menu of elegant American dishes inspired by seasonal local ingredients. Give hunger a stylish sendoff with a starter of grilled asparagus partnered with a fried organic egg, prosciutto, parmesan, and truffle oil ($8.95). Like beach balls, The Federal’s risotto balls—served by the bucket with black truffled butter ($10.95)—are perfect for sharing with a crowd, but unlike billiard balls, they’re not meant for lobbing at noisy woodpeckers. Cornmeal-dusted soft-shell crabs ($25.95) are among the enticing entree options for the surfily inclined, whereas turfatarians can satisfy their protein passions with Portuguese-style pork and clams, which pairs charred pork ribs with chorizo-clam ragout ($26.95). A pared-down lunch menu on Fridays keeps reverse-werewolves from having to start the weekend by noshing on their neighbors.