Gabe Stulman has another hit on his hands with Perla on Minetta Lane. Perla was cozy and homey, much like Stulman's other restaurants; however; it had a clubby-ness. We went on the early side of dinner on a Monday; but I can definitely see it becomes a "scene" later in the week.
We started with crostini with ricotta, honey, and black pepper--a combination that never seems to get old. A foie gras cracker reminded me of a nutter butter but Colette disagreed. We dove right into pasta with a black spaghetti with king crab and cauliflower. They sent us fettucine with a lobster sauce and skate as a complimentary dish. The pastas were both delicious; but I was getting full and we still had our secondi on the way.
Next up we had the beef rib which paired wonderfully with my Rhone wine. Colette went with a lighter red Burgundy that probably paired better with the quail. The beef rib was super tender and mouth watering; but the quail boasted in levels on flavor. The beef rib came with mushrooms, a sweet onion agrodolce, and a bone marrow brodo. The quail was paired with farro, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and a brown butter sugo.
With no room for dessert, the only move left was amaro which our server brought us over before me asking. He poured us Montenegro which was a great way to end the meal. The staff was super friendly and professional. Great date spot.
Serious BBQ--The Old Way! Low and slow has been a catchphrase in the world of BBQ for quite sometime and Mighty Quinns turns that catchphrase into their motto. Some might say that NYC is slacking in great BBQ places, but Mighty Quinns begs New Yorkers to reconsider. Where do you go for BBQ? Fette Sau is my favorite BBQ place in NYC; but a trip to BK often deters my craving.
But Mighty Quinn's gives an alternative and could probably be a fill in for my BBQ craving. Kristen and I stopped by for a quick lunch and we got a variety of their BBQ including pulled pork, brisket, and sausage. Close your eyes and this BBQ transports you into the South where BBQ is king. Pickled veggies bring Mighty Quinn's New York twist which was welcomed with all the meat we consumed.
Mighty Quinn's is a cafeteria style restaurant designed as Quick-Serve Restaurant. Order your meats, sides, drinks, and grab a seat. Staff is friendly and prices are value driven. A great addition to the neighborhood and the city!
Jazz and cocktails = good night
I know its early, but definitely the best meal of 2013! Menu coming soon...