The Tasting Room, the East Village hideaway whose daily-changing menu showcases superior ingredients simply prepared, has opened new, larger quarters in Nolita. The old menu, which offered smaller “taste” and larger “share” portions of the same dishes, has given way to a more conventional appetizer-entree plan. The appetizers cost more than the old “tastes” did, but portions are said to be larger.
And the chow? Excellent as ever, reports xavier. Fish is always a smart order; preparations might include olive oil-cured butterfish with pickled ramps and Brazilian chiles, or braised wild striped bass with smoked eel, fingerlings, and leeks. The original space on 1st Street is closed for now but reportedly will reopen as an all-day cafe serving coffee, baked goods, and small plates.
In other news, Hummus Place has gone uptown. The Israeli outfit with the minimalist menu of freshly made chickpea puree, served three ways–plus decent salads and pitas–just opened a shop on the Upper West Side.
Hummus Place [Upper West Side]
305 Amsterdam Ave., between W. 74th and 75th Sts., Manhattan
Hummus Place [East Village]
109 St. Marks Pl., between 1st Ave. and Ave. A, Manhattan
Hummus Place [Greenwich Village]
99 MacDougal St., between Bleecker and W. 3rd Sts., Manhattan