Located on the corner of Carmine and Bedford Streets in the West Village, this airy restaurant has large windows to take in passers-by. Exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and an open kitchen mark the interior. The menu embraces seasonal American cuisine with simple dishes like warm octopus salad with fingerlings, sautéed skate wing, and grilled Colorado lamb t-bones. Several New York beers are available, including Fire Island Beer Company Lighthouse Ale and Ithaca Nut Brown Ale, while the wine list spans the globe. Brunch is served on the weekend.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Almost half of this charming new Village restaurant is a market that sells ingredients on the New American menu—from industrial-size cans of imported tomatoes to ground beef from LaFrieda (purveyor for <strong>Shake Shack</strong>). No one seems to shop there, but the space is always crowded with people waiting to get into the window-walled dining room for the elevated comfort food of chefs Joey Campanaro (co-owner of <strong>Little Owl</strong>) and Mike Price.
We loved: Gnocchi with short ribs in Parmesan broth; chicken with hazelnut butter.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.