Minetta Tavern: McNally Strikes Again

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Dec 11 2010

McNally has the midas touch….and you can add Minetta Tavern to the list. Not that I’m counting but this makes it 10: Pastis, Balthazar, Morandi, Odeon, Schiller’s, Pulino’s, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, and Pravda. WOW…he’s “The King of NY” when it comes to restos. I know I’m going on and on about McNally but what he has achieved is spectacular.

OK….back to Minetta Tavern.

The cozy and boisterous resto has an old school atmosphere with a buzzing bar. The menu is fairly simple. The food is good but there was one disappointment. The borscht (with a buckwheat crepe, creme fraiche, fresh horseradish, and herbs) was not my cup of tea. It was lacking in flavor, and I couldn’t identify what I was eating because everything was red- the meat, beets, etc.

CHOW FAVES:

Frisee Salad with Pomegranate: So light and tasty.

Black Label Burger: Topped with Sauteed Onions. This prime cut of dry aged rib-eye was tender and juicy. The fries were standard. All in all is was an unbelievable burger- I think I got my $26 worth! ;)

I wanted the trout but they were out of it so I had the Sturgeon (fish special). It was well prepared- light and crispy.

Strip Steak: Cooked perfectly with a flavor-infused char to it. It was exquisite.

Spinach

THE SWEET SPOT:

Warm Hazlenut Crepes: This was OK…Seemed to be missing something but I can’t put my finger on it.

Pots de Creme: Rich custard puddings- chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. These mini sweet pots were a perfect way to end the meal.

Minetta Tavern- 113 MacDougal/ 212-476-3850

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