|15 Church is small and classy, seating maybe 60 people at one time. Get thee a reservation.|
Usually lots of hype makes me suspicious. We entered cautiously through an understated doorway just off of Broadway to a room of golden light and merriment. The bar was packed. A pretty hostess smiled, checked off our reservation, and tucked us into a little table in the corner in the front room. Within moments we were greeted by two servers and the miracle of dinner began. I started letting down my guard.
|Wait staff are always on the move. I had to reign in my defensive instincts in the aisles as I tried to take a few pics.|
|Homemade focaccia with red wine salted butter|
The new menu (new to me as well) went from the adventurous (e.g., beef carpaccio with truffle emulsion, beets with horseradish and duck cracklings) to the tame (Chicken "Under a Brick') - a bit of pasta, some fish, hearty portions of beef, even a burger. Rather than thinking it was all over the place I suspect the staff have worked hard to offer something for every attitude and appetite - it isn't a big menu but very thoughtful.
|The unwedge salad was rich and delicious. Yes, those are onion rings.|
|Butternut Squash Bisque topped with sage leaves and hazelnuts|
|Seared sea scallops paired with blood oranges and parsnip puree was sinfully delicious|
|Chicken "Under a Brick" with brussels sprouts under the chicken|
We were really really full, even though I hardly made a dent in my chicken, but were offered a complimentary dessert of their popular Zeppoles - cinnamon dusted ricotta doughnuts served warm with a vanilla custard and a salted caramel sauce. It was mostly cheese with just enough flour to hold it together - light and airy like an angel singing. Wonderful finish.
|Zeppoles with two sweet sauces were like heaven on earth. This is a half order, FYI.|
Dinner for two with tax was $119.85 plus tip. Five stars, the moon and seven planets.
Zena, Goddess of Fire
|Oh yeah and a couple of chocolate truffles gratis too. I ate two. FF only got one. (:|