Perry St: A West Village Gem
My friend, Amanda, recommended Perry St to me after she dined there on Thanksgiving (she didn't want a home-cooked dinner for some Godforsaken reason). This West Village hit was started by Jean Georges- you know the same guy who owns one of the only six 3 Michelin Star restaurants in New York. I took her up on her suggestion and tried their Taste of Autumn menu ($28), which was offered alongside their usual brunch dishes.
I started with the butternut squash soup, which was velvety with a hint of spiciness. My favorite part was the crispy Mimolette cheese encrusted portobello in the middle though.
My boyfriend had the fried calamari, which was paired with a fluffy dipping sauce made of Yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and cream. I've tried calamari dozens of times before, but Perry St just does it so much better. Like with everything else they serve, the restaurant took this classic dish and executed it with the finest quality.
For my entree, I picked the Perry St fried chicken with Scotch Bonnet sauce served in a wreath of pecan fried rice and collard greens. The Scotch Bonnet, a Caribbean red pepper, tasted almost like a smoky version of buffalo sauce.
All in all, this place had beautifully plated and perfectly sized dishes. However, I will say that while their chocolate lava cake was phenomenal, the apple and passionfruit sorbet pairing that I chose for dessert was way too sour and practically inedible.