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Best of New York Food 2004

Best New Neighborhood Joint

  • Jefferson

    121 West 10th Street, 212-255-3333

    In an era when the cityís most accomplished restaurateurs are feverishly hawking lowbrow foods (barbecue, pizza, dim sum), itís good to see someone shoot for the moon, albeit in a modest, almost neighborly way. Jefferson, which opened a few months ago in the West Village, looks like itís been beamed down from one of the swankier precincts of Notting Hill or Stockholm. The smallish room, once a dowdy diner, is sheathed in muted tones of blond and white. The menu, as composed by Simpson Wong, proprietor of a Pan-Asian cafť next door, is filled with inventive fusion items like edamame ravioli and fresh snapper decked with slices of persimmon. In a town where trends come and go like the fickle spring weather, letís hope this one continues. Weíll call it neighborhood chic..

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine