I received an invite to dine at The Quarter, a lovely, super tiny place that recently opened up in Greenwich Village. It was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to return. I was warmly greeted by one of the owners of the restaurant when I walked in the door. I took a table by the window (perfect for people watching) and waited for my date to arrive.
I ordered a lovely Albarino, very reasonably priced and perused the menu. Loved that the restaurant had a QR code right on the menu…I was even more impressed when it led me to a mobile site. It’s super exciting to see restaurants being smart about technology.
We started off the evening with Taylor Bay scallops. They were wrapped with yellow fin tuna, and accompanied by pickled shiitake mushrooms, cucumber, and wasabi, mustard oil. What a lovely dish. It was delicate and beautiful to look at. The dish was interesting and actually prompted you to stop, and examine its flavors. I was quite impressed at the execution of this dish.
I continued with the foie gras fig newtons. I AM IN LOVE! These little bites of deliciousness are made up of foie, figs, enveloped in a gorgeous dough, then sprinkled with powdered sugar and sea salt. This is not an easy dish to execute. The mixing of all these flavors could easily be screwed up, but the chef seriously nailed it. This was the ultimate in sin and I can’t wait to sin again.
Shelley Clark, who invited me to the restaurant, ordered the sizzling baked feta. I grew up with Greeks, and I’m a huge fan of saganaki (Greek cheese toasted on a pan), but I had never really thought to do so with feta. This was nice, I’ll have to try it at home.
Shelley’s short ribs were delicious. As if I had not done enough damage to my arteries, I just had to steal a bite. They were stuffed with foie gras, green apples, and came with a golden raisin chutney.
I had ordered the sustainable pan seared silver hake (I was trying to be healthy). While this dish was nice, I have to admit that the short ribs were definitely the winners for the evening.
For dessert, we had a banana roll which was drizzled in a coriander sauce. This was not at all sweet, and all sorts of wonderful. Bananas and cilantro are two of my favorite things and they really need to be paired together more often. It may seem weird to you, but when I was little we’d slice bananas and add them to our chicken sancocho which was sprinkled with freshly chopped cilantro. This is a great combination.
Do not hesitate to visit The Quarter. The service is superb, the food delicious, and right now they have a deal for a glass of wine with oysters for something like $9 (I’ll have to check the details and update). Go before they get big and you can’t get a table.
The Quarter is located at 522 Hudson Street in NYC.