Recommendations for Persephone (dinner)?
Has anyone eaten here lately? Any must-haves? Thanks.
Get a drink at the bar first so you can get a fresh-baked bacon-topped pretzel. There's a fair amount of new stuff on the current menu, but I really liked the beef marrow and the grilled chicken. As a rule, we favored the smaller plates over the larger ones, but we've always gone as part of a larger group, 6 or 8 or 10 people.
Thanks for the recommendations. We had a wonderful meal and the service was also excellent. We started with cocktails: Pimm's grail for me (delightful), One Night in Bangkok for my husband (also excellent), accompanied by famed pretzel. I thought the pretzel was quite good, but I'm not sure I would write home about it---it was, after all, just a pretzel. The rest of the food was much more interesting (I guess my tastes run to the refined). We shared the following plates:
Bruschetta of the day, with chicken pate, golden raisins, capers, and candied hazelnuts. This was an incredible flavor and texture experience. My only complaint was that the pate was a bit mushy and I like it a bit firmer/less moist.
Arugula salad with manchego cheese, apples, radishes, and candied pistachios. Perfectly delicious and fresh. They really know how to combine flavors and textures. I loved how the apples, cheese, and radish were sliced extremely thin.
Rhode Island squid salad with parsley, chickpeas, preserved lemon, and olives. This is some of the best squid I've had ever---warm, meltingly tender and perfectly seasoned. I love preserved lemons too.
Dessert: Sophie's greek yogurt with apricot preserves and candied pistachios. OK--so maybe they overdo it on the candied nuts, but they *are* delicious. Like the savory plates, this dessert was a triumphant combination of flavors (sour, sweet, salty) and textures (smooth, chunky, crunchy), and the perfect end to the meal. Not too sweet, not too heavy, very original.
So, overall I was really impressed with the place, and found it very reasonably priced for the quality of ingredients. The service was attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely go back. I gather not everyone loves this place, but so far I'm a big fan.