We popped into the Butterfly Supper Club in TriBeCa - a new Michael White Resto. It was crowded when we arrived on a Sunday at 730 and we took the last empty table.
I think it's meant to be a high end diner from the 1960 (at least that's what it reminded me of). The menu was fairly short - a handful of appetizers, three salads, three sandwiches and maybe four entrees. The menu was also quite heavy -- nothing really seemed light and healthy.
We started with fried cracklins - which were fine. I've never really had good or bad cracklins and frankly I don't enjoy them much (my husband snuck them in the order). I started w a Caesar salad. It had both romaine and kale. I tasted as if it hadn't been freshly dressed and it was dressed way too much. Pretty limp. It came with shaved Parmesan, fried capers and "anchovy breadcrumbs". Between the heavy dose of dressing and all the toppings, it was a salt bomb and, as a result, almost in edible. Funny, as I like all the things in the salad, just not all on top of each other.
For entrees, we got the fried chicken and the patty melt. Fried chicken was excellent. Four pieces (menu said bell and Evans, I believe). Breast split in half, drumstick and thigh. Very tasty, if a bit greasy (it's rare that f chic is not, no?). It came w a small ramekin of unremarkable cole slaw and a super buttery biscuit brushed on top w honey butter. I asked the server for some honey, as I love biscuits w honey (it's like my desert) and the server acknowledged that the biscuit is made w honey but they don't have any to serve along side it. He said I wasn't the first person to ask and they are collecting feedback so they can improve in subsequent weeks.
The patty melt looked v ordinary to me, but I didn't try. It. It came w French fries that were cold, pickles and some yellow sauce. My husband said it was tasty.
We brought out two young girls (both under three). Service was very accommodating for them and there were a lot of other kids in the resto.
They had a fun looking cocktail menu -- my husband just had a manhattan which was well made and I didn't drink.
After such in insanely heavy meal we skipped dessert.
I may go back, but no time soon. Too heavy all around (granted we ordered really heavy, but the menu wasn't really light on the all around). I think they have a few kinks to work out and I'd have to have a serious hankering for fried chix to bring me back. And, there's some great fried chic is the hood already (bubbys, cornerstone).
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