Charlie Bird

Finally had a chance to check out the much-hyped Charlie Bird for dinner. First impression: while the space feels airy (glass wall that opens out to the sidewalk gave it a nice indoor/outdoor feel), the noise level was deafening! I guess the restaurant is going for a trendy, downtown vibe, but, personally, I think the loud music distracts from the space and the food.  

The menu has lots of small plates, so we decided to share everything, family-style.  

We started with the Farro Salad and the Chicken Liver. The Farro Salad had great texture and was quite tasty for a salad (no, I don't usually order salads). 

 Farro Salad

Farro Salad

The Chicken Liver was beautifully presented, but was just average in taste.

 Chicken Liver with Balsamic Raisins, Capers, & Walnuts 

Chicken Liver with Balsamic Raisins, Capers, & Walnuts 

The Duck Egg Sphagetti with Uni, a signature dish, was pretty good, but wasn't spectacular. The restaurant did split the dish into individual portions for us, which was a nice touch. 

 Duck Egg Spaghetti with Uni

Duck Egg Spaghetti with Uni

It seems that every New York restaurant is serving some version of roasted chicken these days, so I was curious how Charlie Bird's version stacks up. As it turns out, the Roasted Chicken was the surprising star of the meal! The skin was perfectly crisped and the meat was extremely tender and juicy. No foie gras on the chicken (think NoMad), but it does come with a side of chicken liver.  Of course, this made the chicken liver appetizer that we ordered seem that much more redundant. 

 Roasted Chicken 

Roasted Chicken 

Overall, it was a very nice dinner, but I am in no big hurry to return. If I do go back, I would probably go for lunch and request an outside table. 

Charlie Bird
5 King Street (entrance is on 6th Ave.)
http://charliebirdnyc.com

Verdict: AA-