Proprietor/Chef: George Mendes
31 West 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Mood: sharing is caring. refined small bites of food that’s worthwhile to share here.. if you have a big appetite, this may not make up for it…without spending extra $$$
Tastes Like: innovative concepts found in small plate offerings for the refined palate. if you’re looking a playful twist of fun and interesting flavors…you’ll find it here. some dishes can bit a bit tad salty (arroz de pato)…but for the most part, seasoned really well. you’ll have to be patient eating here, as everything is intended for small bites. more for you to savor and enjoy each dish.
Must Haves: uni toast… i could have eaten 10 of them. arroz de pato if you like duck. savory duck over rice, that gives you the warm fuzzies. reminds me of a hearty paella…. and lastly, the caramelized brioche. warm, gooey, served with ice cream and blood orange gelee. truly a masterpiece for that amazing sweet, tart, cold goodness.
Stay Away: n/a
Ambiance: sleek, modern, spacious… highly refined. everything you’d want for excellent dining. i highly recommend the bar seating by the kitchen. It’s so much fun to see them cook live and in action. George Mendes is about the most calmest, albeit quietest chef I’ve ever seen!
Service: bar seating …flawless.
Rating: 5 stars