We were looking for a restaurant on a Friday when we stumbled upon The Little Beet Table, a place located few steps from the Flatiron that focusses on local ingredients, mostly vegetarian, with only few non-vegetarian dishes. Their menu is interesting as the plates show some creativity: it is not an after thought and, for a carnivore like me, quite satisfying. Here are the dishes we tried:
First, as a cocktail, I sipped a maple old fashioned, made with calvados, bulleit bourbon, maple syrup, angostura bitters and orange bitters, that was perfect, not too strong.
We started off with the dip trio and veggie crudités (by the way, crudités are veggies...). It was composed of three spreads: , walnut muhammara (left), white bean-avocado (middle), cauliflower hummus (right). It was very good and quite original, especially the cauliflower hummus that is not something you see often or maybe I should say that you never see. My favorite was the walnut muhammara that had a nice texture and nuttiness to it. I liked the fact that they gave veggies to dip in these spreads instead of bread, giving a healthy dimension to the dish.
Then, we got the only non-vegetarian dish we ordered that evening: the salmon crudo, served with cucumber-chili relish, hibiscus pickled onion and yuzu kasha, a Japanese paste that combines yuzu, chilies, and salt. This was a great dish, refreshing, the salmon tasting quite fresh and the dressing adding a perfect acidity.
After that, we ordered an entree and two sides. The entree was their grilled cauliflower steak, accompanied with green curry, maitake mushroom, salad of market herbs, apple and almonds. I loved the dish: everything went well together and I loved the fact that they added the apple for some nice acidity and the almonds for a bit of crunch.
The first side was the smoked maitake mushroom that was sublime. It was made with idiazabal cheese and herbs.
The second one was the roasted brussels sprouts with salsa verde and salt. This was good, but I wish there was more sauce.
Last was dessert. We settled for the apple-cranberry crumble that was my least favorite dish: there was not enough crumble on top and too much cranberry for my taste, overpowering the apple and giving this dish a taste that was way too tart.
Overall, I had a great meal at The Little Beet Table and did not mind ditching the steak or chicken choices from the menu. The food was delicious, original and healthy, that bring vegetables to a different level. I definitely recommend this place.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Little Beet Table - 333 Park Avenue South, NY 10010