I had been planning to visit the Freemans Restaurant at the end of Freeman's Alley, the dead end alley off Rivington's north side, between Chrystie and Bowery for some time, and was reminded of this when I happened by what looked like a very nice cozy modern restaurant called Seven Spring Food and Wines, when on the sign out on the sidewalk, the names of animal appeared, such as antelope, elk, boar and kangaroo. Upon further investigation one comes to see Japanese food featured as well. Enter and you will be pleasantly impressed. Quite a unique and diverse menu.
Seven Spring Food and Wine is located at 7 Spring Street on the north side btw Elizabeth and Bowery. It is downstairs, and they have a sign with chalk etchings of the food specials and beer and wine specials (Happy Hour 5 to 7pm) out in front that catches the eye.
The animal meats appear on the plates as minced burger meat, and the burgers selection also includes bison, deer (venison) and New Jersey ostrich, along with the list above.
There are Japanese selections such as a few different sashimi selections (8 pieces in each) on the cold appetizer sections, and sushi rolls, most notably soft shell crab. Tempura can be found as well as a few Chirachi dishes, like Uni over rice. The soups include 3 miso soups and there is a salad selections (seaweed, etc).
The wonderful aspect here for me is the minced burger meats are offer in three different small portions of the animal meats as sliders or wrapped in lettuce. These meats, the small samples (sliders or lettuce wraps) are done as mini burgers, and are cooked to order, and very delicious. Cheeses can be added, though I used soy sauce and a nice pasty hot sauce and opted for lettuce as opposed to sliders. Each came with a long wooden toothpick sticks with paper flag indicators as to what animal it was.
Three differing combinations are offered (kobe/boar/antelope; elk/kobe/bison; kangaroo/bison/kobe). The dish is garnished with tomatoes. I was encouraged to order a side, and was recommended french fries, but declined, and had miso clam with tofu soup. I was told the fries are really good, and believe it. Side is 2 dollars extra with the lettuce wraps or sliders. I ordered the kobe, wild boar, and antelope.
One might want to check out their Asian tacos, and certainly the specialties of Lamb Shank and other items.
They have an espresso machine, and their coffee was good.
The staff, owner and management are all very friendly.
Very comfortable atmosphere with a small bar and various seating options with seating against the wall, and tables near the front window.
Check out their website: http://www.sevenspringfood.com/menu.php