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Dominic's Social Club - Tribeca (formerly Pico) - report

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Dominic's Social Club - Tribeca (formerly Pico) - report

wurstle | Nov 9, 2003 01:20 PM

Stopped in spur of the moment Sat. night at Dominic's Social Club, sat at the bar and had dinner and was pleasantly surprised. The place is more open space-wise and without all the banquettes, you see and hear more of your neighbors, but it's more friendly and less clubby than Pico was. The prices are also much reduced from Pico's (most entrees are less than $20). Had no problem getting a seat at the bar and the place was relatively full, but I could have gotten a table at 8 or 9 pm if I had just walked in. The pasta dishes come in 3 sizes - appetizer, entree & family style and there only 3 on any given night. I had the appetizer size of the agnoletti with duck ragout (about $7.50 I think) and it was fantastic! the duck ragout was flavored with some spices I'm not sure of, but it tasted almost a little North African instead of Italian, and I mopped up every drip with my bread! The person next to me at the bar swore by the risotto, which he insisted was delicious. For an entree, I had the suckling pig - same dish I enjoyed at Pico - crackling honeyed skin and nice chewy pork pieces, although it could have used a little sauce. For dessert, I had the zeppoles - they come 5 or 10 in a brown bag, like at a street fair, with powdered sugar. Good chewy consistency with a nice mix of powdered sugar. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly a fun way to end the evening. Would have liked a cheese course or even a hunk of parmesan, but no such luck. All is all, a nice warm place for dinner with friends or a date or with parents at a modest NYC price. I'll be going back.

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