Last night…on the corner of Greenwich and West 10th – a new restaurant secretively opened its doors to the neighborhood. While I personally did not qualify as living in a close enough vicinity to the restaurant to be on the exclusive “e-vite list” my good friend, who in fact lived just two doors down from the restaurant…did get an email a few days back – announcing that the restaurant, which will be opening a week from now (around June 8), was offering up some free wine and food!…as a sort of “thank you” for putting up with our construction for the past two years gesture.
But the obvious clincher here? Free wine and food…in New York City? Unheard of. Naturally my friend told me the good news and we jumped on the opportunity…both elated by the words “free” and “New York” being in the same sentence. Unheard of.
As we approached the restaurant, with its windows still padded with brown sheets of paper – it was almost unclear whether or not we had the day wrong. It definitely looked as though it was closed for business and still under construction. But then we saw a small side door, ajar just a crack. We nudged our way in and the restaurant manager immediately swept us away, giving us a grand tour of the place.
And although I was sadly stricly prohibited from taking photos of the inside (due to the fact that they have not yet received their final license and are not yet “officially” open to the public)…I will do my best to explain this spectacular place, that I believe will be a restaurant favorite of mine.
When you walk in there are wooden tables, candles, mirrors hanging, rustic brick walls…and a spiral staircase – which leads up to the roof of a vegetable garden that will grown the restaurants produce and herbs. And if the small free appetizers were any indication of the food – I think it is safe to say – I will be blown away by the menu. The mozzarella cheese I tasted – brought me back to the cheese I tasted awhile back in Italy; (since my trip there nothing has yet compared…but this cheese ranked a close second:); the vegetables tasted of a kind of freshness that unmistakably came from a garden (ala the rooftop vegetable garden); and the house white wine was crisp, smooth, and a tad citrusy. All in all…if you live in the NYC area – I am recommending this restaurant to you! Give it try next week and let me know what you all think:)