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2 Thumbs Up - The Independent - Union Square


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2 Thumbs Up - The Independent - Union Square

Linda W. | Dec 9, 2002 10:32 AM

Had dinner with a friend on Saturday night, and cannot rave enough about this place. It's only the 2nd time I've been there, but I'll definitely be going back.

We had no reservations, as we were there to see a friend play some music later in the evening, but they got a table for us in about 20 minutes. We had drinks in the "dark Irish bar" side ... a perfectly pulled Guinness and an excellent Aussie Sauvignon Blanc.

Warm Duck Confit with braised apples, kumquat vinaigrette and sweet onion pickle on top of frisee (very good!) and Bay Scallops with "citrus dust" (anyone know what that might be?) wrapped with squid, and served with a very large crostini and a spicy remoulade spread/sauce were the apps. I am not a squid fan at all - probably because I've only had tough, chewy, rubbery pieces - but these were incredibly tender and moist. My friend and I didn't think the squid added much overall to the flavor of the dish, but it definitely didn't take away from it, and I wouldn't shy away from trying squid again if prepared as well as this...although I'm still not sure I'd want a whole meal of it. :-)

Entrees were a very good paella for my friend with littlenecks (very sweet and tender), some sausage, and shrimp and a nice saffron rice, and I had a wonderful piece of seared striped bass that was caramelized on the outside but oh-so-tender on the inside, with a light vinaigrette dressing of some sort on top. It was on top of a huge homemade ravioli pillow stuffed with salt cod that had been soaked in milk that then had a few shavings of black truffle over the top. Another first! I've never had truffles, and the shavings added a very subtle deep earthy flavor to the overall dish. It was especially good with the ravioli.

A nice French Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc (can't remember the name, but it was $39 on their wine list) accompanied our meal. Dessert was a wonderful creme brulee and a decadently rich chocolate mousse.

Dinner for the two of was (sans the bottle of wine) was $100 pre-tip. Excellent atmosphere, very nice music later in the evening, and I was glad to see they were busy, unlike when I was there in the summertime and they were only 1/3 full.

Highly recommended - can't wait to go back.


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