Descend into Hell’s Kitchen’s demonic basement lair, decorated with the macabre artwork of Ralph Steadman, and you’ll discover sunshine on a plate. The stack of three lemon-ricotta hotcakes is a trifecta of yum: fluffy texture, rich ricotta, and refreshing citrus. They arrive at your table with a dash of powdered sugar, a handful of berries, and a sprinkling of lemon zest. Syrup is optional, but consider requesting a side of blueberry jam if you want a little something extra. These babies are so much more than a conveyor for syrup and butter—they’re a revelation.
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