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Pure Food and Wine Report (medium length)

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Pure Food and Wine Report (medium length)

claire | Aug 3, 2004 09:45 AM

After trying to go for lunch (newyorkmetro.com erroneously said they're open for lunch, which they weren't in July), we went early last Friday evening, around 6. The garden seating is lovely, very spacious. They were doing a photo shoot of the food, which was cool b/c we got to see what dishes looked like before we ate them, but too bad b/c it sort of took away from the dining atmosphere and made it a little more workplacey(well, someone else was working).
But the food, which is more important, and the service too. They really push drinks on you, and we just had water, which made our server unhappy. I know that often two women get treated less well than they ought and this was only partly the case that night. The bussers were super nice and brought us extra veggies for dipping into a great roasted pepper puree. But our server wasn't pleased that we only ordered a main course and dessert. Yes, I understand...and she couldn't know that I'm a very generous tipper, as long as I'm treated well.
The thing was, we looked at all the apps/salads and thought that they weren't really any different from what you could get anywhere--greenmarket salad, Vietnamese style summer rolls, veg sushi rolls, gazpacho...
I ordered the lasagne, and my friend the beet ravioli. The lasagne was outstanding! Thinly sliced, dehydrated zucchini, alternating with very juicy and flavorful heirloom tomatoes. The pesto, a green and a red were garlicky and tasty. The "cheese" made of pureed pine nuts was as rich and satisfying as ricotta. I loved this and was impressed and also not hungry after. My friend's ravioli had a similar sort of "cheese" filling, as well as a delicious yellow pepper sauce. We were very pleased by the creativity.
The desserts were uneven. Her chocolate pudding was bittersweet and fabulous! My cherry tart was a little leaden, though the cherries themselves were tasty and tangy. The accompanying ice cream had a rather grainy taste--why make fake ice cream when you could simply make sorbet??
The manager (i think) came over to the table after the meal to ask us what we thought of the raw experience. When I asked what the crust was like on the pizza, he brought us over a bit of the crust so we could try it! He's super nice and made us feel very welcome--far more so than our server, who wasn't too friendly at all. I'd suggest that he come over to people before the meal as well! She, our server, could've been nicer, but oh well.
I'd go back for that lasagne and the chocolate pudding! I'm curious to try the pizza. As an athlete in training, I need to eat a meal that will not leave me hungry and fuel-less the next day, and I must say the lasagne fit that bill. I think that the other "pasta" dishes would not and are more like salads...
Anyone else been?

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