Core One Nine One
191 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Sure, it has the polished skin of a swank restaurant (chocolate-leather armchairs tucked under dark pine tables; gleaming silverware tucked into cloth napkins) but this low-ceilinged space—operated by the owners of the similarly styled Winebar—is, in fact, a lounge. There’s a dozen taps at the modest front bar and a D.J. spinning house music and r&b on the weekends. That said, tipplers should leave their dance shoes at home and bring their appetites instead. Seasonal small plates such as fried olives stuffed with chorizo and gooey fritters of house-salted cod are complemented by desserts like homemade sorbet and steaming bread pudding topped with peaches and a lager foam chef Stephan Boissel must have learned at Gilt. If the weather permits, bypass the dining room and the small glass-covered heated patio for the large brick-backed garden where birch trees, ivy, and ferns glow under subway-style globe lamps. The wicker chairs and umbrella tables are easy to reserve. — Daniel Maurer, NY Mag
Another Freshness Fam Day, Yu-Ming accidentally found Core One Nine One when looking for a spot for Kullen’s farewell lunch (he’s moved back to Japan and is part of Freshness) and the deciding point was definitely the outdoor garden dining area. This spot will be bumpin’ for the Summer, there’s big umbrellas to keep the sun from beaming in your eyes and it was really comfortable eating outdoor. The food was was pretty good and it was def chillaxin’, I will def go back there. Peep the brunch after the jump…
Fried calamari with harissa dipping sauce $7
Mini burger 5 year aged cheddar and fries $12 – me, kullen and poe had this, it was really good except the bread was way too crispy so it was hard to bite down.
Yu-Ming: Core Omelet – black forest ham, Swiss cheese, arugula $10