I'm going to Laurel Hardware tonight and just looked at their menu online. Nothing really stands out. I searched the CHOWHOUND archives and although Laurel Hardware is mentioned quite a few times, there seems to be no specific info on what is good or what to order. True, there are likely better foodie locations but I'm going there for the nightlife too. Any thoughts or recs? Thanks.
Maybe the best looking crowd and wait staff of any restaurant I've ever been to. There is one waitress who looks like a way hottter version of Padma Lakshmi. Try to get a booth or sit outside.
The food was much better than I thought it was going to be. I would recommend
- lollipop sprouts
- jidori chicken
- hangar steak without the red sauce
- pizza were ok
The food was good and I was pleasantly surprised. Also found out that the head chef is from Gjelina.
Started off with chicken liver mouse in a jar, grilled toast points, and assorted pickles. It was very tasty.
Then I had the lollypop sprout salad which had a very unique dressing, kind of peanut, which worked well with the bitter greens.
For my entrée, I decided on the lamb sirloin which was cooked a perfect medium rare. There were little diced potatoes and tiny pearl onions on the plate as well as some dressed greens. The whole thing came to the table on a thick butcher block. It was a nice presentation. I opted to get the romesco that came with it on the side. That was a good call because the meat stood on it's own.
Desert was the only disappointment. I did not listen to my waiter and order the butterscotch pudding thing because I am in love with the Budino at Mozza Pizzeria. Instead a I chose the brownie with a scoop of icecream on top. The waiter suggested gelato to go with it. What I got was a $10 brownie with a cannelle of icecream on top, plus a side of gelato for $5. Would not recommend.
The restaurant itself is very nicely laid out. When I return, I will again ask to be seated outside on the patio. Inside I would try to score one of the booths. The majority of the seating, including at the bar where I started, is uncomfortable imho. The chairs look kinda cool though.
My drinks, 2 Woodford Reserve Manhattans, were expertly made. And...I got a sample of several vermouths I have never heard of before. Check em out!
Finally, the staff was about as good looking as they come. The crowd also much better than I was expecting. Will be back as many of the other dishes I saw looked tasty.