Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pretense w/ a Payoff

Bohemian doesn't have a website, a sign out front, or disclose their phone number.  It's a perfect storm of hipster hogwash bullshit -- the type of place you'd poke fun at on account of its absurd pretension.  Naturally, I had to experience it for myself.

Bohemian Restaurant
57 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012

I forget all the hoops I had to jump through to get the contact info, but it involved locating an email address on a bogus website and waiting several weeks for a response.  I finally secured a reservation for last weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised by the laid-back service, lack of pretense and reasonable prices.

Clandestinely located in what was once Andy Warhol's art studio, Bohemian sports a minimalist decor complete w/ full bar and Zen rock garden.  The space seats 24, and is a great atmosphere for parties of 2 - 4.  They have a $55 5-course tasting menu, but I would advise against this option, as two "courses" were veggie fondue and cold cuts.  We ended up ordering a la carte:

Overwhelmed w/ flavor, I stopped snapping pics after the second course.

Short Rib Sashimi
Fried Sweet Potatoes
Uni Croquet
Pan-roasted Whole Branzini (w/ seasonable veg.)
Foie Gras Soba
Dessert Trio (sake panna cotta, triple berry ice cream, and chocolate creme brulee)

© 2012 c. c. villani @ "mission: insatiable -

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