I’ve lived on the UWS for 10 years now and witnessed what some call a restaurant renaissance without trying what could be the seminal spot – Ouest. I'm kicking myself that I chased good meals all over when such a great meal could be had in my own backyard.
I went Saturday night to celebrate my birthday with my wife. With one child at home and one on the way and the reality that we may have to move from the neighborhood we love, we figured it was now or possibly never. I’m glad we went! It was really a fantastic meal and experience.
We were seated in the back, down a few stairs in a cozy side by side seat. Our server greeted us and quickly let us know that they were running out of one of the specials, a wild striped bass served over a mushroom and artichoke broth. No rush, but he would save us one. Good thing since my wife jumped all over it.
We dug into the warm crusty breadsticks with hummus like dip. Great crust so I immediately ate all the ends!
For apps we shared the goat cheese ravioli minus the pancetta so my wife could share and the salmon gravlax with chickpea pancake, a signature dish and quite good. The ravioli was also a hit. Nice and light and the tomato basil broth was great with the breadsticks.
For mains, my wife enjoyed the fish but I did not try. I went with the Short Ribs with Sweet and Sour Baby Beets and horseradish spaetzle. Wow. The meat was incredibly tender and perfectly crusted – no knife needed! It worked great with the beets. The spaetzle was ok and the horseradish gave it a decent kick.
Dessert was the Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. One of the better versions I’ve had in a long time and perfect on the wintry night.
Service was professional top to bottom and our 8:30 reservation was honored to the minute. With 2 glasses of wine, I think the bill was around $150 pre tip.
I look forward to returning.