I have been meaning to check out this new restaurant on Bowery for quite some time now. Even from the outside, I could sense the lively, yet casual and relaxed vibe of the restaurant.
The large windows are perfect for taking in the summer breeze.
I got the ricotta bruschetta with figs and Sardinian honey to start. This should have been an amazing bite, but somehow it fell flat. The fig was really fresh, but the ricotta was meh and I could hardly taste the honey.
My main, Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe, was also a disappointment. There was no flavor to the dish. A complete fail! Maybe I should have listened to the bartender, who tried to sway me away from the Orecchiette in favor of Fiore di Carciofi - artichoke filled pasta with smoked bacon and pecorino - and Campanelle with corn, maitake mushrooms. Afterall, he was spot on in his wine suggestion.
The dessert - fresh organic peaches topped with fiori di latte gelato, drizzled with sangria sauce - saved the day! It was light, refreshing, and perfect for the summer!
Verdict: A-. The food left much to be desired...but maybe I didn't order the right dishes. I am willing to give the place another try because I really do love its atmosphere. Perhaps this eatery is better suited for drinks (I did see the bartender make some seriously good looking cocktails) and snacks at the bar, rather than a full meal.
325 Bowery (Between 2nd & 3rd St.)