For those times when you want to eat something fun yet also satisfy your vegetarian friends who live on the UWS, let me introduce you to A Cafe.
This French Caribbean restaurant is tucked in a strange part of UWS where you think the world ig going to end as you keep walking, but it doesn't.
The restaurant is small and simple. Between 6-8p, they offer a 2 course deal - your choice of any appetizer and main course on the menu for $25. Easy decision. (Do it.)
We did !
Among the appetizer options is the Scottish pheasant pate, baked with a brie crust and a sprig of rosemary to add a bit of merriment. This dish is remarkably addictive, the pate more chunky than smooth and completely decadent.
The grilled Hass avocados were also merry with rosemary, each half transformed into a vegetable terrine swimming in a shitake-sesame dressing. The result was surprisingly savory.
The Bourgogne escargot were fat and chewy, served in a tasty cilantro-chili butter sauce. The escargot were fairly uninspiring, but the sauce, tinged with spice, was earthy and good, enabling me to single-handedly eat a basket of bread.
For the main event, sprigs of mint adorned our dishes. Cute! We dabbled in the wild mushroom ragout, with tofu, Caribbean beans (read: blackeyed peas), and loads of alfalfa sprouts. So many sprouts that you cannot see anything else in the dish, which is fun, and a clear indicator this is vegetarian (what a relief!).
Rabbit sausage come three fat links to a plate circling a half dome of fluffy quinoa speckled with raisins. Such a generous serving, the sausage tasted surprisingly light(er) in the carrot-ginger and cashew puree. And not the least bit gamey, if that's any concern!
The jerk spiced-duck leg confit, in a citrus reduction, was delightfully spicy, the sauce so rich and delicious.
Han's Nonsensical Rating: A Cafe wasn't heartstoppingly amazing, but it's quite good with its tasty, tasty sauces and reasonably priced.
973 Columbus Ave
New York, NY