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Citizen Cake

Judith Hurley | May 30, 200201:04 PM

A lot of you have probably already been, but Citizen Cake was a new experience for me, and altogether positive. The question for us is always where to eat before curtain time, and I've done my share of whining about no matter how much I like Zuni, the service is not only slow (some say leisurely), but indifferent to the point of annoying. We've been to several places in the area including Absinthe (and Ivy's back then), Della Stella, Stelline's, all OK, but we've been craving something new.

So Citizen Cake was a welcome find. We had the carrot and caramelized soup, a little thin for my taste, but refreshing on a hot day. I had pork loin with quinoa and dried fruit. The pork was remarkably tender and the sauce made me want to lick the plate. My husband had the duck confit and thought it was great. Based on info from this board, we had dessert, not a usual or a necessary for either of us -- pithivier (new idea for me, but it was a kind of puff pastry) filled with figs and raisins, drizzled with honey, sprinkled with pistachios and served with saffron ice cream. A kind of light post-modern baklava . . divine.

Added to all of that the place is pretty and the service is gracious and inobtrusive. A lovely evening, and we made the curtain with time to spare.

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