170 W. 4th at Cornelia (W. Village)
Alexis: We ate here on Tuesday before seeing a show at the Knitting Factory. Tiny place with maybe 8 tables. From 5-7pm they offer discounted wines by the glass, 2 each of white, rose and red.
Alex: I picked this place, so you can hate me now.
Alexis: Duck chorizo with quail egg, roasted pepper and pearl onion. Interesting - the chorizo was quite dry, considering the fattiness of duck. Not exactly a winner but not I didn't hate it either.
Alex: Very interesting. I wasn't too fond of this dish, there was just a weird taste to it. The chorizo was dry and the eggs are just odd. They don't taste like regular old chicken eggs at all.
Alexis: Lamb chops with purple potatoes. The potatoes were more like taro, given their texture and pale purple color. Sauce was good, a little fruity, and the chops were a little dry as well. This seems to be a trend here.
Alex: Hands down my favorite dish at this place. Yes they were a tad bit dry, but the clear favorite here. The potatoes tasted like regular ol' potatoes to me. The color made them fun tho!
Alexis: Mixed mushrooms with almonds. This came sizzling to the table and may have been my favorite dish. Very garlicky and tasty! I'd definitely get this again.
Alex: Mushrooms = blah! Next.
Alexis: Traditional tapas item - meatballs with a garlicky aioli. The way I make mine are in a tomato-y sauce. These seemed fried and...dry.
Alex: I was super excited about these, but again was disappointed by the dryness. They tasted good but they were super hard to swallow. Boourns!
Alexis: Spanish version of creme brulee with a touch of orange. Super delicious, creamy and custardy. Great way to end this meal.
Alex: The dessert saved this place, at least it wasn't dry. I hope we just came on an off day, or perhaps they just got a new stove/oven and haven't adjusted the cooking times yet.
Overall, I thought it was okay. I'd give it another chance and order different items, like more seafood, which is what tapas is well-known for. Boquerones, gambas.
Alex: Blame the lack of seafood on me. Thanks.