Went to 5 Ninth last night, which hasn't been open a week yet. This is Zak Pellacio's new place (of Chickenbone Cafe in Williamsburg fame)
First of all, you gotta like pork because he factors it into every dish...peas with pork, oysters with pork, friggin' sea bass with shaved pork. OK, I can get porcine every once in a while so I indulged. The peas are great but portion is tiny and they come in this deep narrow bowl with 4 GIGANTIC slabs of fatty greasy bacon. You can't cut the bacon without destroying the peas. I left two slabs (and I'm a big eater). The squab is so tiny; I had 2 bites and it was over. It came with about 2 forkfuls of tasty spinach. My friend had the quail which was tasty but also tiny. And another friend had the short ribs which were very good (although it's hard to screw up short ribs). All in all, the food was decent but the portions were miniscule. I went home and had tuna out of a can at 11PM.
The service...waitress was so nice but it took 1 hour to get our appetizers and another 40 minutes to get our entrees. This might just be because they are new, but it was a drag.
Place is v. pretty but super dark...we were laughing that some places are so noisy you can't hear the people you are sitting with; this place is so dark, you can't see them!
Chow On, hounddawgs!