Skate, a flat, sting ray–looking cartilaginous, mild-flavored fish, has recently become a menu standard—probably because it’s still relatively cheap.

Spotted at: Employees Only in NYC, served crispy with “spaetzle paprikacz”; at Zola in Washington DC, “lacquered” with sherry and served with mushrooms, sunchokes, rocket, and a grilled oyster vinaigrette; and pan-fried and served with green beans, fried capers, and a brown-butter lemon sauce at new San Francisco restaurant Midi (pictured).

Image source: Frankie Frankeny

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