Located on 11th avenue and 48th street in no-man's land of car dealerships is the Ink 48 hotel, opened approximately two years ago, this hotel is a hidden gem -- rooftop bar views of the Hudson in warmer months at Press lounge and farm to table cuisine in their lobby restaurant at Print. Due to its location, both Print and Press seem to function right below the radar in a good way.
Walking into Print, you are greeted with a warm and inviting room full of natural touches. The menu is a celebration of farm to table cuisine from the region.
To start off, we split their Fall Vegetable Salad which a melange of carrots, parsnips, romanesco cauliflower, radishes, endive, and radicchio. Light yet flavorful, this truly was a celebration of Fall's bounty.
Then we split their frittata, egg whites instead for us, with goat's cheese, roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, and a mixed green salad served with grilled bread. A classic combination of flavors done well with just the right amount of tangy citrusy brightness from the goat's milk cheese with a nice aromatic herbaceous-ness from the basil pesto and a juicy fruity forwardness from the tomatoes.
We also split their stuffed carnival squash with roasted sunchokes, hen of the woods mushrooms, chestnuts, and seasonal vegetables served in a truffle sauce. Sound a little bit like an extension of our salad? Perhaps right? Our first reaction was wow!
And that was definitely due to the presentation! The mushrooms, sunchokes, and seasonal vegetables were absolutely lovely but we found the squash itself to be needing to be dialed up in terms of its flavor profile somewhat -- perhaps a little more herbs here and a little more roasting there. But overall, when enjoyed all together in one bite, this vegetarian celebration of Fall's bounty came together nicely and boy was it beautiful to look at.
Looking for a nice quiet place to grab a bite on the far west side, this is your place. Perhaps you're going to see a Broadway play and you wanted to have dinner before out of the hussel and bussel of the theatre district or have brunch before heading down to Chelsea -- Print is a lovely option.
Print Restaurant @ the Ink 48 Hotel
653 11th Avenue