Chef Wylie Dufresne—the mad genius and early progenitor of molecular gastronomy cuisine in New York—mixes colors, flavors, and textures with a masterful hand, and the staff encourages diners to feel at ease trying the deconstructed interpretations of modern food. You might think you know what an everything bagel with lox and cream cheese, or eggs Benedict might look like but you're in for a surprise. Expect the unexpected when it comes to taste combinations like corned duck with rye crisp and purple mustard or lamb shoulder with pistachio "polenta." This style of cooking isn't news anymore, but dinner here is still an eye-opening experience, although presentation and conceptualization sometimes outshine the flavors. Tasting menus (including a dessert-tasting one) allow you to really experience the chef's creativity.
Aug 10, 2011
My spouse and I dined here in mid-January 2011 after much anticipation, and the restaurant lived up to the hype in our opinion. It’s very unassuming, both from the street and inside, a really comfortable atmosphere, even though the tables are quite close together. We used Open Table to make our reservation a few weeks in advance. The food was beautifully presented, using unique ingredients and feature the innovative preparations for which chef Wylie
Dufresne is famous. Our tasting menu follows. We did NOT do the $85 wine pairing (10 glasses). This was a pricey dinner, but very interesting and memorable. Spanish mackerel, green tea yogurt, rutabaga, orange Everything bagel, smoked salmon threads, crispy cream cheese Foie gras, passionfruit, Chinese celery Scrambled egg ravioli, charred avocado, kindai kampachi King oyster udon, sweetbreads, banana molasses, pickled ginger Scallops, bone marrow, parsnip, black sesame Beef and béarnaise Squab breast, cheese pumpkin, corn bread, pickled cranberries Buttermilk ice cream, kumquat, orange blossom, cumin Grapefruit curd, campari, hibiscus, sorrel Soft chocolate, beets, long pepper, ricotta ice cream Cocoa packets, rice krispie treats
Oct 24, 2008
Wow! What an amazing foodie experience! Don't be in a rush and try the tasting menu. Wait staff and patrons really friendly and everyone is there is have a good time and enjoy great food. The bar serves some really interesting cocktails too! Enjoy!