New menu at Red Stripe?
I'm actually one of the Red Stripe fans, been there 5 or 6 times, had consistently good food at very fair prices, with friendly service. My one gripe is there complete failure to update the wine list, or the wines available, as the last 2 times I went there they didn't have any of the wines I wanted which were on their list, including having zero half-bottles (their selection of half bottles being one of the things I liked best about the place).
That said, last time I was there they said they were rolling out a new menu in early February, and I was dreading the inevitable increased prices and diminished choices. Perhaps my fears weren't met? Has anyone been in the last month, and seen the new menu?
I actually went there tonight. I live in the neighborhood and stop by quite a bit for an app and a glass of wine (love the sweet potato latke). The "new menu" is simply a few new items added on to their regular menu. New items include baby greens topped with panko-crusted cheve, raspberries, and walnuts; a risotto of the day (tonight it was a seared sea bass over a black bean. sweet corn and garlic risotto...pretty good); steak au poive (in addition to their usual hangar steak frites); a balsalmic glazed chicken sandwich; and a seared scallop entree. That's all I can remember. I can't think of anything that was taken off the menu...just a few additions, as far as I know. Overall, I'm a fan. I like the place, especially considering it's just a few steps from my home and serves as an easy, reasonably-priced, week night outing.
> a risotto of the day... a balsalmic glazed chicken sandwich
Ooooh. Those sound good, especially the risotto...
> I like the place, especially considering it's just a few steps from my home
Same here. I live about a block away and love strolling here for dinner, drinks, or apps... I think it gets a bad rap from some who have "destination" dining expectations for it, like a Gracies or a Mill's...
What it is is a tremendous *neighborhood* restaurant. Many of their (quite well deserved) criticisms for spotty service have been addressed in my last few visits.
Well, after reading the widely divergent opinions on Red Stripe for the last couple years I finally went on Saturday night. I was very happy with the entire experience. We got two seats at the bar, were well served by the bartender, and very much enjoyed our meals.
I ordered the pasta with clams in a white sauce/broth. It was fantastic! Lots of little neck clams in their shells, very tasty broth, with finely shaved garlic, and shallots (?). I had to request bread to go with the meal (because to me sopping up the broth with good bread is part of the whole fun), and was served wonderful, crusty sourdough bread.
My wife ordered the cod wrapped in prosciutto served over lentils. It was fantastic! The fish was perfectly seared on the outside and very moist on the inside. She loved the dish. The only flaw in the whole meal was that the lentils were a tad over done, both of us like them slightly firm. Both dishes were under $20, which I always like to see in a neighborhood place.
We definitely plan on going again. The funny thing is we started off the night with no intention of going to Red Stripe. We originally went to the recently opened Waterman Grille in Richmond Square, but there was 1 ½ hour wait, so we bailed and ended up at Red Stripe.
Overall it reminded me of Bravo, both in price point and theme. The interior design being more of a feminine version of Bravo, with more deep reds as opposed to blacks, and colorful prints instead of brass accents.