Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 1001 : Monument Lane

Located on the corner of West 12th and Greenwich Avenue sits the locally sourced American restaurant -- Monument Lane. Inspired by the street's name back in the 1700s, this rustic yet inviting restaurant is covered in maps of the New York of yesteryear but the menu itself is very contemporary and strictly seasonal.

The menu itself is a melange of small bites, appetizers, entrees, cheeses and cured meats -- lots of dishes that sounded appealing that's for sure!

So what did we have?

We had a selection of three of their cheeses - all locally sourced and each more wonderful than the last. There was Vermont Creamery's Torus, the goat cheese roundelle with a cutout center that has a special place in my heart; Hudson Flower, the local aromatic bloomy rinded goddess modeled on the likes of Fleur du Macquis; and of course Cabot Clothbound Cheddar.

Apart from their cheeses - we split a few of their small bites - their crispy chickpeas, roasted baby beets with a dollop of yogurt and their grilled English peas. The chickpeas were the absolutely perfect snack for our glasses of Vermentino but what wowed significantly more was their grilled English peas - flavorful and dynamic yet rustic and aromatic. The meal was off to a good start!

We then split a few of their salads  -- first of their Kale and Escarole salad topped with a soft poached egg, croutons, local Grana Padano and an anchovy vinaigrette. Simple yet flavorful - it's pretty hard to go wrong with kale in my mind! Next up, their Red Jacket Fuji apple salad with Vermont cheddar, wild arugula, red onion, and ramp vinaigrette. A classic combination made local and seasonal that delighted on the palate - fanciful and light! And last up we had their spring vegetable salad which was composed of watermelon radish, cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion and a lemon vinaigrette. A simple clean celebration of springtime in vegetable form.

Overall, a lovely meal at a warm and welcoming locally sourced tavern that's definitely worth a trip back for.

Monument Lane
103 Greenwich Avenue

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