The concept is cafeteria style – which is so unique. There are placards with the name and price of a dish and some are ready for you. They’re all fresh – the staff keeps a close eye on how long things are on the bar. If there’s a placard with no food below it – just ask and they’ll make one up for you.
I LOVED the concept – it was so different. A fancy cafeteria – whodathunkit?
Here’s a shot of the brussel sprouts ($10) with house made sambal and puff rice. I should have gotten these – I’m so bad at making decisions when all the food is in front of me. I really like brussel sprouts (thanks Dad – he made me eat every vegetable as a kid).
Here’s what I did choose – 72 Hour Sous Vide Short Ribs with fresh horseradish ($14)! I’m a self-professed Top Chef Junkie and have heard the term “sous vide” so many times – I had to finally try it!
Sous vide is French for “under vacuum” and is a method of cooking food sealed in air tight plastic bags in a water bath for a long time – apparently 72 hours. 🙂
Sous vide should really just mean delicious! These short ribs literally fell apart as I ate them. They were rich and juicy. I didn’t realize they had horseradish (I wasn’t paying close enough attention) and there definitely was a pungent taste but it was so amazing. Almost like a salt & vinegar chip – it’s strong and a little off-putting, then completely addicting. I enjoyed every bite!
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with garlic confit & thyme ($8). Confit – another term you hear a lot on the cooking shows. Confit is basically a means of preserving food in a substance – duck confit is immersed in duck fat, garlic confit is typically garlic soaked in olive oil.
The potatoes were fine – I should have been more adventurous. I could definitely taste the garlic and salt and there were crispy pieces, soft pieces and everywhere in between. They were good but I wish I’d tried the brussel sprouts or something more adventurous. Shame on me!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pudding Sundae ($6) – you can guess how this was. Rich and tasty!
The dessert options were pretty nice – they had these incredibly huge donuts and one was even coconut cream…but it seemed a little too giant. I decided on the dainty cup of pudding.
Dainty it was not! It was extremely rich – I almost couldn’t finish it after filling up on meat & potatoes! It was so good – the different textures were great. The chocolate was almost like a thick creme brulee, the peanut butter was fluffy like mouse and then the crumbles and peanuts added crunch and a little salt.
Why Should You Go? Not expecting my Cincinnati folks will hop on a plane to go – but if you’re in NYC – it’s a great option. The hotel is funky and cool – very chic feeling – and pretty affordable for NYC. (I stood out like a sore thumb – it’s the Iowan in me.) The food was excellent and I liked it even more than the place we went the next night! (review coming…) It’s so different to have this cafeteria like set-up – I loved the uniqueness of it. The food definitely did not disappoint.
The best part was there was something for everybody – if you’re not adventurous – a slider & fries is a good choice. If you are adventurous – the cheese plate looked pretty unique and there were lots of other funky options. I also like that the menu is always changing – so I can’t wait to go again next time I’m in the city!