When former Roberta’s cook vet and confident cookbook writer Max Sussman took over as chef at The Cleveland, we were interested. But when we recently visited the Soho restaurant for brunch, trying this lentil-pistachio dip, we were locked as fans. The hummus is both rich and bright and works really well when spread on salty pumpernickel chips. Sussman told us about the dish’s origins:

“The idea behind the dish was to do an unconventional take on hummus. I realized that if I replaced the tahini with pistachio butter and the chickpeas with lentils I might have something cool. People at the restaurant like the dish because it is something familiar, mixed with something a little different. But it still has enough of the original so that it’s not totally foreign.”