Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight; Mon, closed
F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Grand St. to 4th St., Columbia St. to Allen St.
This LES neighborhood favorite packs a fun vibe and thoughtful, eclectic menu into a cozy 36-seat space. Chef Matias Hernandez is a former sous chef at the original Fatty Crab, and here he serves dishes like pistachio-crusted whole rainbow trout with arugula salad and fennel, and calamari sautéed with chorizo, potatoes, arugula, a balsamic reduction and Manchego in a laid-back atmosphere. The seasonally-available housemade porcini ravioli arrive in a pureed butternut-squash-carrot sauce with an intense flavor that matches its bright marigold hue. A heritage pork chop comes with mashed sweet potatoes and a Brussels sprouts-and-bacon hash, while braised short ribs are served over polenta and root vegetables. Quirky sandwiches like the “Kitchen Sink” (fried chicken, mac and cheese, pickles, fries, and hot sauce on a Balthazar roll) and the clam “burger” (Little Necks, breadcrumbs, egg, bacon, arugula, and lemon-herb aioli) are available at both lunch and dinner. While there’s serious intent behind the menu, friendly service and tasty cocktails keep things lively.Note
Brunch on the weekend is cash only.