pop, 127 4th Ave (bet 12 and 13th), 767-1800. i love this place. apart from Martha Gehan and me, are any other 'hounds going here? i really can't get over how consistently good pop is. i know, i've gone on about it before...i don't work for the place, honest.
dinner last night:
A's: those lovely shrimps wrapped with basil and fried in thin, thin pastry (they vary the ingredients slightly, they were not identical to the ones i had before but equally good); fried meat dumplings, superb, and prawn cocktail, delish.
M's: I had the special cod, sauteed, crispy lightish brown, and snow white inside, with cauliflower. who would have thought that this veg would be such a satisfying accompaniment. little flowers that looked grilled, with a few strips of pepper. wonderful steak with the best hash browns Ive ever tasted--they had chilies in them. lovely lamb chops. what else? steak salad, didn't try-reportedly very good.
D's: pound cake with raspberries and ice cream with hint of white chocolate. No airy nonsense. a good, solid cake. A lovely coconut tart.
W's: Sancerre (98, belle vigne, i believe--much better than that poor sancerre at tabla the other day).
The room is happy, with its colorful band of lights along the walls. Service very attentive. At times a little quick to take away plates. And they have this habit of never offering to take your coats. I really don't let it bother me any longer and simply stop someone and ask that they be taken. Around $300 (inclu tip) for 4 people.
i'm happy to report that it seems busier than a few months back. Chef is no longer Brain Young (formerly of le bernardin). Its now kevin o'connel who is just as good. I still have no idea why pop is not in zagat. maybe mr and mrs zagat rolled up and weren't seated one night? something is amiss here. pop deserves more recognition.