COZY- WARM- YUMMY – CREATIVE- VALUE
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FOOD-8 SERVICE-7 DECOR-7 PRICE- MODERATE VIBE- WEST VILLAGE COSY
If the West Village is known for wonderful, cosy, small restaurants with character and good food, Extra Virgin would be its representative at the pageant.
This mid-sized no-reservations hotspot on West Fourth and Perry is a popular gem with waits for an hour for Brunch on a nice day and about 30 minutes to an hour on a popular evening.
For the moderate prices, it is one of the best values in the Village and perhaps New York, serving consistently creative, tasty, good food made with quality ingredients.
The decor is cosy with booths, brick walls and small flower pots, frequented by a cool yet sensible downtown crowd.
The choice of Fruity Olive Oil or Spicy Olive Oil is served to accompany bread when diners are seated.
Warm Mushroom Salad with Asparagus and Corn, Truffle Oil Dressing ($13)
A stand-out dish is the Warm Mushroom Salad with Asparagus and Corn, Truffle Oil Dressing which is earthy, umame, lightweight but bold in flavour. A textural salad combined with the mouthwatering truffle dressing is such a treat for $13.
Lemon Crusted Chilean Seabass fennel potato puree, crispy artichokes, salsa verde, avocado puree ($25)
Also lightweight but interesting in flavours is the Lemon Crusted Chilean Seabass fennel potato puree, crispy artichokes, salsa verde, avocado puree, which is a moderate sized portion of delicate fish with delicate sauces.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with caramelized apples and pancetta ($8)
Extra Virgin has hearty, delicious sides such as Truffle Mash or Roasted Brussels Sprouts with caramelized apples and pancetta which are chunky and bold in flavours.
Barbeque Braised Lamb Shank “Shephards’s Pie” Style- sweet corn and black bean ragout, lemon whipped potatoes, sauce diablo ($23)
A fascinating dish is the Barbeque Braised Lamb Shank “Shephards’s Pie” Style- sweet corn and black bean ragout, lemon whipped potatoes, sauce diablo which reinvents Shephard’s Pie in a deconstructed but very “sweet and meaty” lighter version of the dish without compromising on flavour. Genius.
The menu has dishes to make most people happy; several salads, crab cake, vegetarian or shrimp appetizers, several interesting pasta, risotto, fish and meat main courses; all tasty and comforting at moderate prices. The waitstaff is usually attentive but can have their “off-days”. Dinner for two with wine costs about $100-$120.
Overall great value, delicious hearty food, in a cosy and reliable hotspot.
Easy Peasy “Sweet and Meaty”
259 W. Fourth St. (Perry St.)
Manhattan, NY 10014