Cool Comfort in NYC's Theater District
If you want something a little less sceney but not without a significant cool factor, go to Eatery. Recommended by a local friend of ours, this place is not on the usual tourist radar and offers lots of delicious food choices. We stopped by on a busy Friday night without reservations and only waited five minutes for a table. However, those few minutes were certainly well spent– thanks to the mind-blowing cocktails created by the amazing man who tends bar here. He is clearly a master of his craft and takes his liquid creations very seriously. If you have the coconut-rum mojito you will have thought you died and went to heaven.
The food: crispy rice cakes (complimentary snack while you wait), baked Camembert with wine-soaked grapes (appetizer), braised short-rib with red-wine reduction (entrée), and chicken eggplant tortellini made in-house (entrée).
This meal was simple and fabulous. Sometimes simplicity goes a long way and this restaurant goes the full mile. The menu boasts some classic home-style cooking choices with some funky twists, but maintains an overall contemporary American style.
The rice-cakes you’re given instead of the usual bread and butter are odd-looking but you will end up finishing the basket by the time your appetizer arrives. The baked-brie could have been a bit warmer and gooey-er, but it was still great when paired with the wine-soaked grapes and French baguette. Mains are a bit heavy so a salad might have been better choice as a starter. The entrées were spectacular. Portions are perfect and not overly accessorized. The home-made tortellini was out of this world; light yet tasty, the broth-like sauce was a perfect compliment to the tender pasta.
While the dessert menu was very tempting, we were absolutely bursting with food so we opted out. Since you’re practically in the heart of Times Square, take a short walk down Broadway to make some room after your Eatery dinner and pop into Carnegie Deli for a slice of their traditional New York strawberry cheesecake instead.
Ninth Ave. at 53rd St.
New York City 10019