Monday, July 4, 2011

Bohemian








Growing up I never made the cut for any club or team. Was it because I was a bit of a nerd or recluse?..I guess I'll never know. However, what I do know is that we all want to feel like we're part of something special and the more exclusive it is the better...

Bohemian is a very hushush gem in the New York culinary scene. Tucked behind an unassuming butcher shop on the lower east side is a restaurant that looks like someones living room. I walk in the narrow hallway, careful of each step and ring a bell. The door opens and our waiter greets me with "Hello Sara, you're table is waiting". Stunned, I walk into a tiny space that can seat no more than 30 people. It is arranged in little sections comprised of proper dining tables and coffee tables with low reclined chairs where dinner is also served.

The meal was sensational. I went with my culinary BFF's and we all agreed that everything was outstanding. If beef tartars had a sommelier it would be Leeana! She has ordered beef tartar in every restaurant in Manhattan that features it and insists it's the best ever.. delicately diced beef tossed in a vinaigrette of paper thin shallots and bold capers is served alongside perfect little grilled cheese triangles and a dollop of mustard. The crispy chicken sat on a bed of truffle mashed potatoes that had perfectly cooked oyster mushrooms tossed into it which added the most divine layer of earthiness to the dish. The raw vegetables were served with a warm anchovy sauce was as dramatic as it was divine.

The experience was memorable. I've never been to a more intimate restaurant in the city and I love the fact that it's a well kept secret amongst serious foodies!

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