Tabelog dinner at Bread in Nolita

 Bread in Lolita, NYC

Bread in Lolita, NYC

Last Saturday, I was invited to a dinner organized by Tabelog, a website that is more than just a restaurant review site like any others: they have created a community of foodies that I enjoy to meet as the conversation is often centered on food. This time, we were at Bread in Nolita, located inside the Nolitan Hotel. In fact, this is their new location, opened a month ago, after moving from their original one close by, on Spring street. 

 Bar area at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Bar area at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Dining room at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Dining room at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Dining room at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Dining room at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 shelves at Bread in Lolita, NYC

shelves at Bread in Lolita, NYC

I did not know the previous restaurant, but this space was nice, simply decorated but with a je ne sais quoi that made me think about a setting overlooking the Mediterranean sea. When we arrived, the place was empty: well, it was not the case at all when we left, the dining room being packed, as was the bar area with people waiting for a table.

Food wise we were there for a treat. We of course started of with...some bread, the focaccia being my favorite one.

 Bread at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Bread at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Then, we had dishes to share. We got:

Roasted asparagus made with garlic, olive oil, parsley, citrus zest and homemade breadcrumbs. I am not a huge fan of vegetables, but really enjoyed it.

 Roasted asparagus at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Roasted asparagus at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Wild mushrooms (cremini, oyster and shiitake) cooked with shallots, parsley and cashew milk.

 Wild mushrooms at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Wild mushrooms at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Salmon tartare composed of the fish and avocado (always a good pairing with salmon or tuna tartare), shallot, scallion and citrus zest. Served with crostini, it was perfect for a Summer dinner as refreshing.

 Salmon tartare at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Salmon tartare at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Grilled breaded shrimp. You can definitely see the European touch as they served the head that I admit did not try. I liked it as the shrimp was perfectly cooked. I even liked the zucchini slaw that came with it, looking like spaghetti. 

 Breaded shrimp at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Breaded shrimp at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Breaded shrimp at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Breaded shrimp at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Fritto misto that was a mix of seafood and vegetable fritters. There were shrimp, bream (fish), mushrooms, asparagus and squash. This was a perfect dish to share and each pick was like the lottery: besides asparagus that was easy to spot, you never know what you would get. It was crunchy and deliciously greasy.

 Fritto misto at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Fritto misto at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Beef carpaccio served with arugula and shaved parmigiano. The beef was just very, very thin and I missed the truffle oil that it was supposed to have. However, I liked the saltiness the cheese added to the beef when eaten together.

 Beef carpaccio at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Beef carpaccio at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Beef carpaccio at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Beef carpaccio at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Pork belly with a roasted tomato sauce and a broccoli rabe pesto: quite good and delightfully fatty.

 Pork belly at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Pork belly at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Arrancini or rice balls made with taleggio cheese and served with a lemon aioli. This was good, crunchy, with the rice having a yellow color from the saffron it is cooked with. My only regret was that there was not enough cheese...

 Arancini at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Arancini at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Baby kale salad served with pear, sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted pistachio and crispy quinoa. Alright, so I did not try this one, but my fellow bloggers liked it.

 Baby Kale salad at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Baby Kale salad at Bread in Lolita, NYC

We then had to pick a main dish. I went for the spaghetti alla chitarra that were fresh saffron pasta with sautéed shrimp, cherry tomatoes (I made sure they would not squirt all over me), olive oil, garlic and a saffron seafood broth. I loved that dish: the pasta was al dente and delicately smothered by a fantastic sauce that I could have simply eaten with a piece of bread. The shrimp were also perfectly cooked.

 Spaghetti alla chitarra at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Spaghetti alla chitarra at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Jodi went for the fresh taglioni with pesto. Usually, I am not a big fan of pesto, but I have to say  that I enjoyed that dish.

 Taglioni al pesto at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Taglioni al pesto at Bread in Lolita, NYC

I also tried their pork chop that was delicious and looked spectacular, topped with poached apples. This was another dish I usually do not like, but not at Bread.

 Pork Chop at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Pork Chop at Bread in Lolita, NYC

People at the table also got the wild branzino that looked really good,

 Branzino at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Branzino at Bread in Lolita, NYC

as well as the large portion of lasagna (I did not try any of these dishes).

 Lasagna at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Lasagna at Bread in Lolita, NYC

With the meal, I got a glass of red wine that I believe was a Montepulciano.

 Glass of Montepulciano at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Glass of Montepulciano at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Last was dessert. And we tried a bunch...There was a crostata, a panna cotta, a chocolate lava cake as well as some sort of bread pudding. All desserts were very good, but my favorite was the chocolate cake, as well as the panna cotta.

 Crostata at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Crostata at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Chocolate lava cale at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Chocolate lava cale at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Panna Cotta at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Panna Cotta at Bread in Lolita, NYC

 Bread pudding at Bread in Lolita, NYC

Bread pudding at Bread in Lolita, NYC

This was a feast and Tabelog has again organized a great event at Bread. I enjoyed the food as well as the company, and got some more addresses of restaurants...Thanks Tabelog for this nice dinner!

Enjoy (I did)!

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