The Inn LW12 - Poutine!
Anyone tried this new "gastropub" in the meat packing district? It's been mentioned in a couple of other threads but I can't find much in the way of positives or negatives.
Restaurant Girl waxes eloquent about the poutine but gives mixed comments about other items on the menu.
I wasn't actually blown away by the poutine. I mean, it was good--how can fries, cheese and gravy not be good?--but I think it could have been executed better. It was, however, my first poutine and I'd like to try Pommes Frites' version to compare them.
The rest of the dinner was excellent: a really good, well-seasoned (and not overcooked) lamb burger and the succulent veal "tongue n' cheek". Not a neighborhood we frequent but I wouldn't mind returning to Inn LW12.
Haven't had the chance to go to LW12 yet (but I am determined to do so and get my Poutine - never found anything that can compare to the ones I had in Canada). One of my favorite blogger, Augieland, wrote a review of LW12, and I think you will be interested:
Enjoy! and please right back after your visit!
Went last night and was impressed with the lamb burger but unimpressed with the service. It was very busy but the food took forever to arrive amid mass confusion. Poutine is a basic food group in Quebec and this version is tarted up for NYC. Pig's trotter was not as expected and disappointing. Roughly patterned after the fabulous Pied de cochon in Montreal and beloved by Bourdain, LW12 was a letdown.
I would die - literally - if Au Pied du Cochon was any closer than Montreal. My heart couldn't take the onslaught of poutine with foie gras and the namesake dish any more than once per year, not to mention the the maple syrup dessert, which might as well just be a stick of maple syrup-infused butter with some puff pastry. (Needless to say it's one of my favorite restaurants in the world.)
I've been. i liked it a lot.
I don't give anything Restaurant Girl has to say any weight at all. She seems to be interested in new and hot places to eat. Not food.
Went there a few weeks ago and had a decent experience but wasn't blown away. I found the service a bit slow and we experienced some confusion over which table got what plate, (e.g. both my friend and I ordered appetizers but mine got served first -- turns out it belonged to another table). I walked away feeling that they are still trying to get the kinks out but it certainly wasn't terrible. Loved the poutine (but then again, it's the first time I've tried it and I have to agree with the comment below -- how can you go wrong with such a combination?); rest of the food was pretty good. Overall, I would definitely go back given that the only other "gastropub" alternative, at least to the best of my knowledge, is the Spotted Pig (suggestions welcome).