Who can resist a bargain…surely not I having been raised by a waspy mother whose definition of pure, unadulterated shopping bliss looked something like a 50% Ralph Lauren Cableknit sweater. But this is a blog about food. Blackboardeats.com sent me a coupon, I googl-ed, yelped and pondered and then headed down to Tribeca with M for dinner. We were greeted by a cavernous and gorgeous space, exposed brick, black paint yadda-yadda. While checking our coats we decided the restaurant would be the ideal muse for our dream kitchen one day. Rustic farm meets city charm. Lurvvve. We were seated quickly and greeted by a jolly waitress (jolly fits her in every sense of the word) with a quick sense of humor and a seemingly genuine appreciation for the restaurant and it’s fare. We, of course, quickly ordered a bottle of wine lest we dehydrate and began to pore through the menu. We were immediately struck by the chicken, since it was written up so well online, but ended up attempting more sea than land…
Kona Kampachi Tartare, Avocado, Sechuan Buttons, Pinenuts, Saratoga Chips (this was incredible. the fish was light and fresh, every single flavor complimented every other flavor and there was a true ‘marriage’ of flavors present)
Roasted Whole Baby Halibut, , Caper-Raisin Emulsion, Sauce “Proposal” (the waitress suggested this and we decided to take the plunge/swim. well played, friendly waitress, well played. this was incredible: light, airy, perfectly seasoned. The bones in the fish were fried, waitress of the night explained, in a traditional Japanese manner. Marc F, apparently likes his chefs experimenting and this was clearly a good one. We crunched away on those little delicacies, proving once again we will eat virtually anything)
Affogato Hazelnut Ice Cream Sundae, Brittle, Crunchies, Whipped Cream, Nutella Sauce (despite not being a chocolate or dessert person, we took the recommendation from the adorable and twice-our-age couple next to us celebrating their anniversary. the moans and oohs and ahhs coming from their table seemed to speak for themselves. this was truly a fabulous dish, if I adore a dessert it’s a real winner. sweets just are not my thing)
So MF was a winner. Even if not a winnerwinnerchickendinner. Punny, I know. It’s a great place to take a date, it’s a fanatastic place to have a large party, I can’t imagine really what it’s NOT the place for. The prices are slightly steep, but you definitely walk out feeling like you got what you came paid for.
Also consider trying them for these fun and more budget-friendly specials:
Brunch @ 11:30AM $10 Bottomless Mimosas … Supper @ 5:00PM 3 courses … $35
Suckling Pig Happy Hour … All you can eat sliders $16 … 2 for 1 beer specials!
I know I plan to…
MARC FORGIONE 134 Reade Street New York City 10013 Reservations: 212-941-9401
Hours: Monday–Saturday 5PM–11PM , Sunday 11:30AM – 3:00PM (Brunch) 5PM–9PM (Supper)