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239 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Charles St.
Neighborhood Chic Favorite
By LillianHuminick on 12/1/2014
My favorite place in the West Village. Probably in all of New York. Best cocktails, sophisticated crowd, not discovered by "stock broker and hedgefunder types" at least not obviously, and it is a watering hole for the fashion crowd and also the neighborhood which makes it a great mix.
By boneville on 9/2/2012
My girlfriend and I found Fedora last night as we were wandering around the WV. We sat at the long bar with lively music, people dining or just having drinks and casual atmosphere. The cocktail list was impressive. If you are into mixology, check this place out. My gf had a glass of a great French rose that is just produced for their restaurants. I had a nice lager from the Alphabet City brewery. We enjoyed the delicious cheddar poppers (similar to the Spanish croquetas) while we had a very pleasant chat with the barman. Our table was ready 15m later. The waitress, Kristina, was very kind and she took time to explain the ingredients in each plate. Her recommendations were also spot on. The menu is easy, not overwhelming at all and the wine list is excellent: aiming at the middle price consumer. I like to stay within the $50 to $70 per bottle and found several candidates. We got a 2008 Chorey Les Beaun, Borgougne for $72 that was top notch. Rather than one main dish, I ordered three appetizers. We started off with a special of the day, whelks with a salad and a poached deep fried egg. Excellent. Egg in a hole, with tripe. Excellent too. Then, Cold Artic Char and finally my gf had the Pork Chop (large portion for one) and I had the Beef tongue salad. For dessert, the Warm Madelaines. Everything was delicious. New ingredients, creative dishes, good portions. Only not so good things, I missed a plain white table cloth and it is a bit loud. We will be back.
By m455 on 6/18/2012
This restaurant truly impressed me. The service was great and I loved the cozy atmosphere. The food was amazing. Do not skip the gnocchi with chicken meatballs or the artichoke side dish. Had an amazing duck confit tart appetizer that was on special, too. I would definitely come back!
By FoodieNYC44 on 5/13/2011
I was there a few weeks back and, where it was a bit of a frat scene, the food and service were very good. Also, the room is very challenging, but they pull it off very well. I suggest going before the party starts, but then again I'm old so don't listen to me.
By goldbash on 3/6/2011
We'd been angling to go since it opened. (They do have bread now.) Knowing the style at au pied du cochon in Montreal, we'd expected all tails and noses. Well, the pigs head was fried into balls but without much flavor, even with the gloppy sauce- the contents might have been anything. Perhaps a good late night snack, but a weak app. The best thing we ordered was the mackeral- served like a crudo, with avocado and bacon, but with a slight smoky fishiness- diffferent but not bad. The tuna with blini and meatball was entirely without flavor- the meatball took over, and was rich but bland. The rock shrimp salad? Like a weak casear with shrimp and slightly soggy shaved croutons. Best part was the Old Fashioned with pecan bitters and maple rinse is a nice contrast to the rich food. Wine list unremarkable. Maybe we were hoping for something closer to the charcuterie at the Hotel St Germain.... service was good though the staff very friendly. Perhaps we ordered wrong?
You had us at "Bread? Nope."
By foodisgoodinmytum on 2/4/2011
I enjoyed Fedora and recommend that my friends & I return occasionally. Space is elegant. Had great, sincere & thoughtful service from a really cool chick. Drank some ultra-heady Blue Point beers. We split one entree (delicate tilefish over mussels & gnocchi) & fries on a Sunday evening without fuss. Spoke to the GM, he was really nice. There were a bunch of really nice folks sitting at the bar. If you think about it, these are people who are at work and trying to run a business so be respectful and please keep derogatory comments to yourself (see below). Besides, what's the problem with a bike shop owner from Bushwick?
By nutleyfamilyplayhouse on 1/28/2011
We went to the newly reopened Fedora to celebrate a friend's birthday. A nice classic decor, nothing too showy or distracting. We were running about ten minutes late and right after sitting down, we were approached by a guy whose appearance suggested he worked at a bicycle shop in Bushwick. Turns out he was the owner and he informed us that since they had booked another reservation at 8:30, we would need to be finished within an hour and forty five minutes. Not the end of world, but not quite a warm welcome either, especially coming from the owner. What was bothersome was that the food took SO long to get out. Our waitress was pleasant but inexperienced. Bread? Nope. After waiting over an hour, we were hoping for something special. Unfortunately, what we received was rather bland and unmemorable. I ordered the "Warm Beef Sandwich" expecting thinly sliced roast beef with a nice savory horseradish sauce. What I got was a large baguette, stuffed with fried potato sticks. Buried under this pile were a few COLD strips of tough hanger steak slathered in hot sauce. If you bite into a sandwich and you can't see the meat, then there is a problem... After finishing, we decided to go to Saint Ambrose for dessert and coffee, lest we go over our allotted time. We had a much better time there.
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