Ici for Restaurant Week
Had dinner last night at Ici to try their Dine in Brooklyn menu, and it was fantastic. It is a tiny place, and our only complaint was that they were really packing people in, so service was scattered and they seemed overwhelmed, but were kind and apologetic about it. Reservations definitely a good idea.
So, the choices were:
1st course- soup of the day (carrot ginger soup) or spinach salad with goat cheese and citrus slices of some sort.
2nd course- skate with collard greens in brown butter; roast berkshire pork over grits, brussel sprouts, and bacon; or rigatoni with walnuts and greens (they described that one better, i just don't remember exactly).
3rd course- panna cotta with pomegranate, and the 2nd choice was supposed to be a brioche and butter pudding, which sounded like my dream come true, but when it came time for dessert, they had replaced it with a chocolate pot de creme.
I went with a few people, so had a chance to try everything, and it was all fantastic.
The skate was lemony and perfectly cooked, the pork tasty and the grits and bacon underneath were heavenly, and the veggie rigatoni option was also good.
I was also very impressed by the large portions and selection (I always expect small ones during restaurant week, or inferior menu choices), and there was none of the attitude you hear of at other places. Also felt like a great value, since most entrees on the regular menu are over $20, for all you get, it is a fantastic deal.