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Dani report

Denis | May 19, 2006 02:31 PM

Went last night to this place on Hudson and Charlton. Nice big space, urban rustic, deafening noise level. I had a pretty nice specialty cocktail with gin and berries, though it took forever to come.

Stuffed squash blossoms were fine, a bit too vinegary and too cold. Homemade ricotta with honey and something else was pleasant but unremarkable. Same with the salumi plate. Prosecco mussels with saffron and fennel were much loved at the table, but I think I don't really like those big green-lipped New Zealand (I think) mussels as much as the regular little ones. Sauce was good.

I didn't try the bucatini con sarde, but my friend seemed to enjoy it. Same on both counts with the rabbit.

The lentil soup with shrimp was really flavorful and good. Sausage was a bit dry and flavor was unremarkable. Cavatelli were gummy, but lamb and mint sauce with them was bright and mildly lamby.

I had the special striped bass with gigante beans in a broth with some kind of green, and that was nicely done.

Side of baked cardoons was overwhelmingly salty.

The panna cotta with mint was delectable, but the gelati were only OK.

Service was atrocious. Could have been our server, who seemed new and very confused.

For all the negatives above, I wouldn't rule this place out on a quieter night. I got the sense, somehow, that it's capable of a better performance than last night's.

D

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