This is the final and sixth post in the series A Casual Weekend in New York. Other posts include Frank Pepe's Pizza, Salumeria Rossi Parmacotto, Szechuan Gourmet, 15 East, and Angel's Share.
We'd heard great things about it, and the location intrigued us.
Plus, we were starving. It was 10:30PM after all (how do New Yorkers eat so late?).
We decided to try and order from every section of the menu, hitting each one (Market Table, Appetizers, Pastas, Main Course) with the exception of Whole Wheat Pizza, which we thought would make us too full.
We began with the Roasted Kabocha Squash Toast which came with fresh homemade ricotta and apple cider vinegar ($12). It was actually quite filling, and I wondered whether I should have eaten that and the bread.
The Ricotta Cavatelli came with ruby red shrimp, crushed tomatoes and chili crumbs ($18 for small; $27.00 for large). The homemade cavatelli was gorgeously chewy and the flavor of the pasta sauce was deeply flavorful and rich.
The Fried Chicken, on the other hand, is one of the most popular items on the menu and was incredible. The skin was coated with some sort of light and airy batter - almost like corn flakes or crispy tempura. The chicken itself was wonderfully juicy. Bryan even said, "this is the best fried chicken I have ever had".
Wow, that's definitely saying something.
Our dessert, the Sundae, is one of their signature dishes and it's really good. Three generous scoops of salted caramel ice cream is served with candied peanuts, caramel popcorn, whipped cream, and a deep, rich chocolate sauce. ($13). It was excellent.
All in all, the food was all good, though none of it blew us away. I walked away a bit underwhelmed, especially considering how popular this place is (and how difficult it is to reserve!).
Sure, some of the dishes (like the fried chicken and the sundae), were excellent and probably worth a return trip. And the locavore focus is nice as well. You won't go wrong coming here.
However, I think there are many equally great (if not better) places to dine - both in New York and in Boston. It's most certainly enjoyable, though perhaps not quite worth the $80 round trip cab ride from the airport.
35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
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