Hungry Cat - MUST orders?
- fatassasian Mar 14, 2008 07:38 PM
Going to the Hungry Cat for dinner tomorrow. Will by my first time. Only dining w/ one other person.
Are there any items that are a MUST HAVE? Feel free to mention any MUST HAVE cocktails too.
was there last night for the first time- good cocktails- get the Dark and Stormy or the Orange Julius
as for the food.....disappointed........
liked the peel and eat shrimp, and the burger was yummy- but IMPOSSIBLE to eat.
the trout, the stinging nettle pasta, and the octopus salad were all WAY too salty
gonna go write my review.....
The menu rotates on a regular basis. Right now I'm a big fan of the scallop and pork cheeks with creamy polenta. I also like the dungeness crab salad, but that will very depend on which cocktail I'm drinking, as that calls for something light and kinda licorice-ey.
Regarding the drinks, it's a lot easier to give feedback to the bartenders if you're sitting at the bar. That being said, even if you're at a table or at the oyster bar, I've found the bartenders to be very accommodating regarding any drink preferences; in fact, I tend to prefer my drinks on the sour side, which is why I lean to drinks like their pimlico.
The cucumber martini gets a lot of pub, but in my estimation, the pimlico is the better drink; they also used to have the sidecar on the menu, and while it's no longer there, you can still order it. Anyone who wants to get into cocktails should probably start there, as it's one of the original pre-Prohibition era drinks that still exists in roughly the same recipe. I didn't catch what cognac Hungry Cat uses, but the presence of fresh fruit is what really makes the drink sing.
Definitely the peel and eat shrimp and oysters. I also enjoyed the monkfish when I went a few weeks ago, but I think that may have been a special.
I was there last night after a movie (if you're there after 10pm or so it's easy to grab seats at the bar).
As for cocktails, I love their Penn State (rye & citrus). They'll usually make it when it's not on the menu, too. A friend ordered the gin special of the night. It had almond syrup and vanilla; very tasty. Some of the drinks are a little on the sweet side for me, but the bartenders will guide you to something you'd like.
Their cocktails are my favorite in the city (up there with Seven Grand), but their wine list, while short, is consistently excellent too. My wife doesn't dig cocktails & is always happy with the wine they're pouring.
As for food, it's really difficult for me not to get the burger. I love the seafood, but if I don't order the burger and have a bite of someone else's I get pretty sad. Two like-minded people would do well to order 1 burger and 1 seafood dish and go halfsies. The burger is insane...difficult to eat and incredibly rich & salty, but worth the effort & dehydration. The best in the universe.
Last night two of us had burgers and the third had the bacon-wrapped trout. The trout was really great--the mustard spaetzle really complemented the fish.
Another tip is that when you order something soupy (such as the smoked haddock chowder that's on the menu at the moment), order a side of toast also. Yeah, it's a minor surcharge, but you'll want the bread to help soak up all that good stuff.