When we went to 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen, it was it because Chef and founder Anthony Carron partnered with two NBA players, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem. No, actually we just found it on Opentable.com and thought it would be a good idea to try this place, the concept (cooking food on an open flame) being quite interesting, especially after our dinner at The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen last year where they really embrace this way of cooking.
The place is big, with the open kitchen in the back where you can see the team cooking a bunch of dishes, from pizza (the margarita is good, with a nice char and lots of cheese), to rotisserie chicken, that I was really looking forward to trying. I ordered half a chicken that took forever to come to our table and found slightly overcooked..and dry. Too bad because the skin was deliciously charred. The chicken was served with rotisserie basted potatoes that looked good but would have been better fully cooked. So disappointing.
Our appetizer was the roasted cauliflower served on top of roasted golden beet tahini. This was ok, the cauliflower needing more char.
But I liked my cocktail, the Smoky Liber-Tea, made with an apple and cinnamon infused bourbon, iced tea, smoked maple syrup and lemon. Not strong, I found it refreshing.
We skipped dessert simply because each dish took forever to come and we did not want to get stuck there for three days! It was overall disappointing.
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800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen -1 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016