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I’m a Sucker for Seasonal Restaurants

October 16, 2007

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Last night I went to the opening night celebration of Irving Mill—the new restaurant on E. 16th Street that took over the old Candela space. It serves Greenmarket-inspired, seasonal American cuisine under Chef John Schaefer, formerly of Gramercy Tavern. I loved Candela—the super-romantic, Gothic decor was over-indulgent and cozy at the same time. But the new space is completely revamped. Matching the “seasonal” concept, there’s beautiful wood tables, warm autumn colors, and fall veggies and husks all over the place. There’s a really stunning stone, chest-high table in the middle of the restaurant that sorta takes your breath away. And the space is just as giant as Candela was—super high ceilings and all left completely in tact. But as I mentioned, I’m a sucker for seasonal restaurants. I love Cookshop, and I love Alias even more. I think, though, I’ve never been to either of those restaurants in the winter, spring, or summer. Why does seasonal equate to autumn? Still, the menu (don’t get too attached—it’s printed on paper so they can change it whenever they want to according to new items) has an Autumn Tasting Menu for $58 that sounds delish:

  • Fresh Hearts of Palm with Avocado Cream, Arugula and Citrus Salad
  • Roasted Sea Scallops with Cauliflower, Golden Raisins and Capers
  • Monkfish Schnitzel with Red Cabbage, Celery Root and Black Truffle Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Sirloin of Beef with Bintje Potatoes, Shallots, Smoked Bacon and Nicoise Olives
  • Poire Williams Profiteroles with Seckel Pears, Vanilla Ice Cream, Fudge Sauce, Spiced Almonds, Poire Williams Caramel OR Caramel Creme Brulee with Pecan Pie Tartlette

I didn’t get to taste much of the food—it was difficult to attack the canapes coming out of the kitchen. But the few items I did shove in my mouth—some fried oysters, a scallop ceviche, and a mushroom grilled cheese type thing—were all yummy. So here’s rooting for a successful season!

Ohhh…. Grub Street was clever enough to bring a camera. Check out the pretty photos.

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