There are so many good restaurants in New York city. I like eating out at some of the nicer restaurants on special occasions and enjoy the dishes created by well known chefs. However, often, the most memorable dishes are found at tiny restaurants that you've never heard of. a few years ago, my friend took me to one of these hidden gems in Manhattan's Lower East side. This restaurant, called Mama's had two or three tables, and most of their business was take-out (or take-away as it's known in Europe. The place offers huge platters with low prices and is especially known for their fried chicken. The fried chicken was good, but it was the side dish, the tomato and feta cheese salad, that was absolutely fascinating. The combination of ripe tomatoes, salty feta, slightly sweet pine nuts, pungent onions, garlic and fresh herbs.... Need I say more? I went back to my kitchen and worked out the recipe for that salad, and here is my take on Mama's tomato feta cheese salad.