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New in Worcester- The Urban- Kitchen and Bar

Rhizome37 | Feb 21, 201511:26 AM

I was googling a new to me place that I passed and a yelp search popped up for Worcester. The place at the top of the list was one I had never heard of- The Urban. It is in the old Coral Seafood location and opened about a month ago. After reading some of the reviews we decided to give it a try.

My husband and I showed up at around 7:45 on a very cold Thursday night. There were a handful of folks at the bar and the dining room was very quiet. The bar was dramatic in appearance- there was a huge projection screen TV playing basketball on a wall that looked like an old school movie theater with curtains. The dining room looked very pleasant for an intimate meal.

I started with a cocktail called True American. It contained rum and a blood orange shrub made from macerated blood oranges and vinegar. It was delicious-really nice balance between the acid and sweet components. My husband had a Notch Left of the Dial IPA. He thought it was excellent.

The menu is described as upscale comfort food and is divided into Shares, Apps, Pasta and Mains. We tried a couple apps and a pasta. The Tuna Crudo was all about quality of ingredients and beautiful presentation. The fish was very flavorful, fresh and tender. The fennel and blood orange complimented it beautifully. The Sasify Clam Chowder was served with tiny manilla clams still in the shell. It was decadent and silky. The clams may have been tiny but they were very flavorful.

After the apps came out there was an atmospheric shift. The basketball got turned off and La Dolce Vita with subtitles was projected silently. I felt much better about the whole theater thing - I am not a fan of having huge sports screens but I really enjoyed the art house feel that happened when the movie came on.

Next we had an unexpected treat arrive- Blini with Smoked Trout and Creme Fraiche- Served with a splash of sparkling wine. it was fantastic and so was the bubbly.

Finally we had the Duck Tortellini with wild mushrooms and leaves of brussel sprout. All the pasta is home made and this was evident in the pillowy tenderness of the pasta and flavor in the filling. The mushrooms were huge,earthy and meaty and the sauce of Madeira wine was and ideal way to bring the different elements of the dish together. This dish was very rich and flavorful.

Service was very professional and knowledgable. The manager Ian was interested in our opinions and interesting to chat with. This place definitely a great addition to Worcester's dining options. A little pricy but the quality makes it worth it.

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