PLAYFUL- CASUAL- OILY- INVENTIVE- ASIAN
OUT OF 10
FOOD-7.5 SERVICE-6.5 DECOR-7 PRICE- MODERATE VIBE- BRIGHT COUNTRYSTYLE COMMUNAL
A small raised shop on Hudson Street in the West Village, is home to the newly opened RED FARM. Showcasing whimsical dumplings that look like pac-man and mini gardens of vegetables it takes the neighbourhood Asian joint to a new level.
The brightly lit, farm-style room (I’m sure farms in Asia do not look like this..) is designed with 2 very large wooden communal tables and a few smaller tables for couples. Having dined here twice under their no-reservation walk-in only policy its pretty slim chances to get your own table so be prepared to have a friendly chat with the yuppie neighbours next to you.
The menu has appetizers, dumplings, stir-fries and noodles or rice dishes designed to be shared.
Shu Mai Shooters 2 for $7 – A wonderful dish is the Shu Mai Shooters where the hot moist dumpling is skewered and sits a-top a shot glass of the delicate carrot ginger soup. This is one of the most memorable dishes of the year for me.
Grilled Vegetable Salad $12 – A very playful Grilled Vegetable Salad is made by placing a layer of edamame “hummous” and contained with thin wholegrain crackers has the vegetables of the salad “planted” into it to make the mini garden. It is super fun, delicious and healthy!
Kung Pao Chicken & Scallion Dumplings 6 for $12 – The Kung Pao Chicken & Scallion Dumplings are sticky, sweet and just slightly spicy. The dough is thin and the chicken is tasty inside the moist parcels. They are quite oily so go for the other steamed dumplings if so inclined.
Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf Dumplings 4 for $10 – The Shrimp & Snow Pea Leaf Dumplings is adorably plated like little toads. The green dumpling dough and the delectable large pieces of shrimp inside are crisp with a bite.
Sauteed Lobster, Egg & Chopped Pork – A special that night was the Sauteed Lobster, Egg & Chopped Pork . The egg gave the flavor of a really good fried rice and was wonderfully rich with the meat of a generous Lobster. Very fun plating again.
Diced Lamb With Chinese Broccoli & White Asparagus $24 – A simpler but not less important dish was the tender Diced Lamb With Chinese Broccoli & White Asparagus. It was rich, thick, syrupy and meaty but so oily it was impossible not to feel guilty trying it.
Overall REDFARM is a fun neighbourhood restaurant with good hearty Asian food. It doesn’t beat the big boys in Asian cuisine in the city but its casual playfulness makes it an experience worth trying.
529 Hudson St. (bet. Charles & W. 10th Sts.) Manhattan, NY 10014