Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Welcome to Goat Town

Hello, Goat Town!
Oh, what a welcome awaits at Goat Town. The kind of welcome that lured me back two days in a row. That's how much I love this new East Village restaurant from Nicholas Morgenstern, of Brooklyn's The General Greene.

Where in the world did the name come from? Apparently, it's the wry literal translation of 'Gotham.'

Bright and sunny by day, warmly candlelit by night, it's the kind of neighborhood restaurant that is perfect for any meal. It's all in the detail. The dining room is beautiful and kudos to the design team, brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave,who transformed the former Butcher Bay space. A weathered copper bar, the coolest white tiled booths and arched tin ceiling compliment the open kitchen and raw oyster bar centerpiece. Fresh amaryllis are everywhere. Even the loo has style. Not to mention the eclectic tunes.

Artful French toast
The American bistro serves a classic but creative menu from chef Joel Hough (formerly of Cookshop). Brunch highlights include a N'Orleans scramble with tasso ham and oysters ($13), and a semolina raisin French toast with New York maple syrup ($12). Dinner entrees feature arctic char with caramelized cauliflower ($22) and haddock fish + chips ($18).

Beer + burger special - a killer deal
A steal is the happy hour beer and burger special ($14). A generous cheese burger comes brimming with crispy thick cut fries, pickled onion and a side of delicious homemade horseradish-garlic mayo.

Goat Town embraces yard-to-table eating. The empty back yard is being converted into a vegetable garden (they may add a farm table for dining too) and there are plans to butcher meat in house as well. Even the desserts are made on site. Just come by.

511 E. 5th St, between Avenues A + B. 212 687 3471

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  1. yummmm, that place sounds awesome! Though I have to admit that when i read the name I assumed there were goats involved in the cuisine...very happy to hear that that is not the case. We'll definitely have to go here the next time I make it to the far and distant land know as the "East Village" from the Upper west side.

  2. Susanne and Ron - it is well worth the trek downtown!The goat-free menu is mouthwatering. Let me know how you like it.

  3. Considered that the chef embraces the whole 'farm-to-table' ideal, I wish the brunch offers more salad options. The french toast looks divine though. :)

  4. Hi Kim - perhaps they will. The garden they are setting up in the back will be large, plenty of room for growing delicious lettuces.

  5. I want to come to NYC right now to dine at Goat Town with you! Sounds absolutely mouth-watering!! Will be there sooner than later...