A quick look at Public which served up one of the best solo dinners I’ve enjoyed in a long time. An apéritif in the adjacent bar went down smoothly while I read up and realised that exec chef Brad Farmerie was one of the main hands behind Providores, a groundbreaking tapas joint in London’s Marylebone High St and still one of my favourite spots in the capital.
Back across the pond at Public I went for the tasting menu, five first-class dishes, subtle in execution and beautifully plated. Each one built on the other, perfectly balanced. The mushroom carpaccio sounded uninspiring but was extraordinary:
while the trio of seafood was a stunner – especially the scallop and most notably the anchovy with quinoa falafel. Brilliant contrasts of texture and bite, sweet and acid, all in one, a little corner of Japan in Manhattan.
Best of all for this shameless sweet tooth was a glorious sticky toffee pudding – second only to the one at The Hawksmoor in London (see my review), but still an absolute beauty.
Great wines by the glass allowed Aussie and New Zealand reds to shine, notably a ripper of a Stonecrop Pinot and a Mclaren Vale Cadenza, aided by friendly service, a relaxed vibe and a cool industrial interior.
Public 210 Elizabeth Street, New York City, 10012 T: +212 343-7011 http://public-nyc.com/