Saturday, April 20, 2013
We began with a hearty chopped root vegetable salad that was substantial and sizable enough to split. Tufts of frisee teamed up with crunchy caramelized pumpkin seeds and crumbles of goat cheese, along with delicately sliced radishes, chunks of tender roasted squash and turnips, chewy discs of baked carrot and a flurry of tender sunflower shoots atop. Other notable appetizers are a spicy hot flashed squid with chorizo and shishito peppers, and harbinger of spring featuring artichokes and arugula with lemon under a chickpea panisse. One could make a balanced and interesting meal out of the appetizers alone.
But big plates are appealing as well. Amongst these, of course, is that LaFrieda burger, which on the printed menu was egregiously misspelled "LaFreida" (hopefully now corrected), served with cheddar and fries. There also four other meats, a poultry, two fishes and a pasta. Atlantic salmon was aptly grilled and served with a creamy puree of great northern beans enriched with pancetta, sturdy enough for a persistent winter with a sautee of swiss chard in a nod forward to spring. Sunflower sprouts again found their way in as a garnish here, as well.
Dessert menus were never offered, and neither does their website list any of their after-dinner options. I saw a chocolate concoction of some sort saunter past our table, though, and read of a lemon curd dessert noted in the press. Instead, we were given our check, and sought out Empire Cake just up 8th Avenue after the fact to finish the evening on a sweet note. But I like Cole's... certainly I like it much more than I did Lyon. The quality of the food is excellent, and there is an easy, comfortable vibe here. So a return visit to Sherlock Holmes that dessert menu... well, no one's going to have to twist my arm.
Posted by webdebnyc at 7:34 PM