Took catchow here last night for his birthday and we each ordered the tasting menu (and, following excellent advice, asked for them to be different). This was one of the best meals I've ever had. I was stunned by the diversity, the inventiveness, the depth of flavors. I didn't miss meat once, as I often do with vegetarian cooking.
- incredible tiny olives topped with za-atar (middle eastern herb topping of sumac, thyme, sesame seeds), assortment of 3 little pates and humus-y things with incredible chewy bread - walnut/bean pate with string cheese, sweet red pepper humus with chile topping; a carrot puree that was dense and wonderfully seasoned
- baked cheese (some kind I don't know, salty) flambeed with ouzo -- remarkable
- warm salad of very lightly-tempura'ed fiddleheads with ramps; wonderfully grilled asparagus with a potato-humus topped with a sprinkle of chopped toasted walnuts?
- spinach crispy pancake-pie, almost like a scallion pancake, stuffed with spinach, shredded romaine, toasted walnuts -- incredible, even for folks who don't like spinach
- crispy latke stuffed with beans and cheese and savory spices (description fails to do this justice)
- fideos (chopped thin noodles with chickpeas, saffron, tomato, chiles)
- dumplings that were rich with cheese and egg, yet light, in an intense tomato and mushroom thick chunky sauce
- dessert of pomegranate/rose water ice that was tart, aromatic, and incredibly refreshing
- two mini-profiteroles with dark dark chocolate sauce.
The five course tasting menu includes a small dessert for $38 and is very, very worth it.