Stopped by Extra Virgin for a late dinner last night. EV is a new Italian restaurant (duh) located on Perry St, just south of W 4th. The decor is small and cozy: exposed brick walls, a long grey banquette lining one wall, distressed wood tables and low lighting. Oddly enough, the restaurant was quasi-blasting dance music at 11pm. Their "staff" consists of 4-6 mini-skirt clad, go-go boot wearing, aspiring model/actress/waitress-wannabes (sorry if that sounds sexist but Im calling it as I see it). Our waitress was sincere and sweet but was relegated to cheerleader (ie. great choice) when a comment like Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine was deemed the most accurate of her responses.
Menu looks solid, with simple ingredients, preparations, and reasonably priced fare.
We started with an Extra Virgin Salad ($9) which consisted of: arugula, cucumbers, red onions, avocado, grilled bread and a nice vinaigrette. For an entrée we tried the Baked Monkfish Basque Style ($18), which was a hefty portion of 2x 4 oz slabs of Monkfish, coated with some kind of a mild red powder (mild paprika, dehydrated red peppers?) and served atop a red pepper reduction sauce with red and yellow peppers, vidalia onions and a super-tasty piece of sautéed crisp Serrano ham. For sides we had a sauteed spinach with Roasted Garlic ($5) which was fresh and lively and an order of Fries with Gorgonzola Fondue. A HUGE portion of McDonalds style fries which were fresh, crispy on the outside and light potatoey goodness inside. The Gorgonzola Fondue came in a small dish on the side and somehow lacked any real flavor. Im sure theyll tweak the sauce. Oddly, the fries come unsalted but a mini-dish of sea salt allows a
self-application. For desert we had some kind of a ricotta cheese cake ($5), served with wedges of grapefruits and sitting atop a sauce that was probably orange based. Im not a desert guy but really enjoyed the light ricotta cheese and the tasty, light crust.
Side note: EVs bread is excellent and served with a plate of wonderful grassy, herbal Olive Oil for dipping. Ive included a Menupages.com link at the bottom of this post.
I don't think these guys are aspiring to be anything other than a solid neighborhood spot with good solid food, fair prices and a healthy amount of "eye-candy" working the room.
Our meal, plus 2 glasses of wine and 1 Martini was about $90 including tip.
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