The Little Owl in N.Y.C.
Chef Paul under:
Walking up Bedford Streets there are few neon lights, the sidewalks are narrow and well worn. This is a neighborhood and each street is has a handful of business mostly catering to the locals. You wonâ€™t find many parking lots here, none in fact, just small places with good food where friends like to congregate. The Little Owl is a great find and we were lucky enough to find a table at 7:30 on a Friday evening. Chef
Joey Campanaro has created a simple menu of 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 3 sides & 6 desserts. Keeping it simple, fresh and delicious is key to the success of this restaurant. You are greeted at the door by a nice young man, there are two servers, one busboy & three cooks in the kitchen. There isnâ€™t much room for more and they do a great job at making their diners feel at home. Starting with a nice glass of Frascati (Italian White wine) and theÂ Soft Shell Crab appetizer was a good choice. On a bed of creamy risotto tinged green,Â there wereÂ heirloom tomatos, asparagus, & dandelion greens,Â with the crab fried crisp & cut in half with legs in the air. Another special appetizer was the crab & shrimp stuffed Calamari with Broccoli Rabe. The restaurant has no problem with guests bringing one bottle of wine with them so a 2002 Jodar Barbera was on the table. It was the perfect pairing to the fabulous entrees that followed the first course. A pork chop 2 Â½ inches thick, juicy and tender on a bed of beans & greens was a burst of flavor in every bite. If you want beef, the N.Y. steak with pancetta & radicchio had an amazing rich red wine sauce that had a hint of blackberry. Now would have been a good time for a nap with all the wine goneâ€¦but a long walk home, a little cigar, dessert and nightcap at David Bouleyâ€™s Danube was the perfect finish to the evening.
The little owl, 90 Bedford Street, New York City, NY
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