This weekend I tried Ivo and Lulu, a new restaurant on the western end of Broome Street in (or near, at least) Soho. It is a quirky place, with a small menu, but it has its charms, including a very friendly staff and, best of all, it is completely BYO. I read about it a few weeks ago and finally checked it out on Saturday.
The menu is limited but interesting and is entirely organic, with 3 appetizers and 3 entrees. I had the pheasant terrine to start and my wife the roast pear with honey and blue cheese. The terrine was not the typical presentation, but was rather served warm with a layer of brie baked on top. It made for a rich sort of fondue that kept me at the bread basket. The pear had a nice sweet-salty balance and served with a small salad. For entrees we had Chilean corn shells with wild mushrooms in coconut cream and rabbit sausages with couscous. The corn shells were two small cornmeal pastry shells with a nice, rich mushroom mixture, while the sausages were rich and gingery, with a little spice in the couscous. Not bad at all, especially when you consider the appetizers were $8, the entrees $10. Dinner for 2, $36 plus tax and tip, plus the wine we brought.
By the time the night ended, we were chatting with the owners, a couple who have been involved with various restaurant projects before moving upstate for a while where they got interested in organic farming. I asked if the BYO policy was temporary (i.e., license-related) and they said no, they just didnt think people should have to spend too much to have a nice meal out. Clearly, this place is an asset to wine geeks in the area (although real geeks will need to BYO stems, too, or be prepared for tumblers.) I definitely recommend it for your support.