Walking through the West Village last night, randomly ended up at Commerce and hit the organ meat jackpot. Busy, loud - the service was a bit slow, but the menu is a lot of fun. Went for the trifecta:
1. Ragu of odd things: oxtails, trotters and tripe with hand rolled orchiette - was fantastic, rich and intensely flavored, with succulent melty pieces of tripe.
2. Foie gras with sweetbreads and summer vegetable minestrone - also really good. Generous chunks of foie gras that burst into liquid on the tongue, the sweetbreads were nearly the same texture - and just a bit of highly flavored broth. Great value at $17 imho.
3. Degustation of young lamb offal: heart, liver and kidney. Small portions of each - the heart tataki style on a shiso leaf, the liver on a flavored mustard. The kidney, two tiny slices on a potato/ramp puree, was exquisite.
These were all appetizer-sized and priced dishes. We also split an order of spaghetti carbornara and were each given a portion topped with a barely set egg. I'd like to come back and explore the menu a bit further.
Any other good organ-meat gems around town that you might recommend?
50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014
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