Had dinner Friday night at Red Farm (located on Hudson in W Village). Knew nothing about the place except for viewing the menu prior to going. Small place with a 2 x 4 person booths, 4 x 2 person booths, 4 seat bar, 1 x 8(?) person community table in the window, and 1 x 16 (?) person community table running center of room. Light colored wood, light and airy atmosphere, kind of country rustic farmhouse.
I would say the food was Asian inspired. Between me (a carnivore) and GF (a vegetarian) we had a good sampling of what they can do and it was all EXCELLENT. Started with a couple cocktails, one tequilla based with a bit of nice residual heat and a rum based punch that was nice and flavorful without being sweet. Had some apps (or starters as they called them) of curried tofu, and another of smoked cucumbers. GF loved the tofu, I did not try it because I had a lot of food coming. The smoked cucumbers were not what I was expecting but turned out delisious regardless. Served in a liquid with some microscopic chilis and jalepenos and a great smoky flavor that didn't over power anything, really nice heat to them.
I then had the "dim sum" of crispy duck and crab (4) that came with a spicy curry/eggplant dipping sauce. They were made to resemble sting rays by using the claw of the crab as the "spoon" with tail. These were quite tasty and very original, only drawback is the crab claw shell makes it a careful bite.
For mains I had a grilled marinated rib steak, I have stayed away from beef for about 4 years and haven't had a real, straight forward steak in a long time but this sounded too good to miss when the waitress told me about it, I was right to go for it. It was delisious, perfectly cooked, marinade highlighted the flavor instead of masking it. It was massive, and it was great. Baby bok choy came with and I'm a sucker for bok choy.
GF had an unusual main, it was steamed sweet pea shoots with waterchestnuts, she liked it alot, I agreed. Big chucks of naturally sweet chestnuts.
Only coffee and tea to finish, very full.
Service was extremely friendly and helpful, would (and will) return and recommend.
*Only thing to keep in mind, we went very early (5:00) because we had something in the neighborhood to get to but by 6:30 it was full up.
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