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The Little Owl
Posted by Rowena474 on 01/12/2008
There are not many meals that leave you commenting after each bite. Our dinner was definitely one of the ones I call a WOW Meal. We got the Grilled Scallops and another pasta appetizer dish and the Pork Chop entree. My husband and I shared it tapas style. They even split up the portions for us. The scallops were grilled perfectly and the citrus salad compliment brought out the flavors. The pasta with the broccoli rabe and bacon was tasty. The Pork Chop was done pefectly. We did have to wait 45 minutes but we were walk ins on a Friday night. But we sat on the ledge and over looked the diners as we waited. We were able to order a bottle of wine so we comfortably drank and people watched. We ended up at the bar but we were able to watch our meal being cooked. There are many great meals to have in NYC, this one was one to savor and remember.
Posted by Disappointed on 01/10/2008
The restaurant is tiny, but cozy, the wait staff was great, though I did have to ask for bread. We ordered the crispy artichoke, gravy meatball slides, whole fish of the day (branzini), the pork chop, and the vegetarian entree of the day. The crispy artichoke came, and I swear, I thought it was a potato masquerading as an artichoke. Yes, it was the artichoke heart, and a large one, but at $12, I expected something which didn't taste like potato, seeing how potatoes go for nothing a pound. The gravy meatball sliders at $10, were a steal compared to the artichoke - note 1 artichoke heart. This I do recommend, three large meat ball sliders, flavorful, and on buns not too crispy, but enough to give it some texture. Though eating the meatball was definitely a messy endeavor. The pork chop- the raved pork chop is nothing special, though it is large. Ours was a bit dry I felt, and seasoned as I would a steak almost, lots of salt and pepper. The sauce was delicious, the saving grace of the dish, as I was able to dip the pork chop into the sauce, but shouldn't the pork chop hold its own without being so dry I needed to dip it? Wild dandelions were cooked well, just not my thing, but the butter beans felt out of place. The branzini, I probably should've asked how it was cooked. Pan fried, I believe, with thyme, garlic, lemons, and other herbs stuff in it. It was a whole fish, I had the option to have it whole or I could've asked for it to be filleted. I had it whole, perhaps that was the problem. One bite, and I had garlic in my mouth. An entire garlic. It was dark in the corner we were at, and that probably should've hinted to me I shouldn't have gotten a dish which required me to look and figure out which parts to eat. The vegetarian option is apparently whatever they have in the kitchen. You can request certain vegetables not to be put in, but obviously, you can't list all your dislikes. What are the chances that you get a large plate with a dandelion salad, butternut squash, and other not so exciting (or perhaps this is exciting to you) vegetables. Obviously nothing I wrote makes this place un-edible, just pointing out that there's so much hype to this little place when there shouldn't. Perhaps my taste buds aren't as refined as everyone that love this place, perhaps the chef had an off night. Whatever it is, this place does not deserve the high rating its getting.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2007
Food was awesome, staff was friendly and very helpful with recommendations. Everything from the cocktails to the dessert wine was excellent. Lamb was cooked to perfection, my husband had the pork chop, which was wonderful as well. Our friends had the fish and chicken and both said how wonderful. I have even sent an e-mail to the chef requesting the recipe for the brussel sprouts and I have never liked brussel sprouts in my life until I ate the ones at Little Owl. The next time we are in New York, we will absolutely make a trip back to this wonderful little spot in the world.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2007
I agree with most of these reviews, but I have to say this place has become way too popular. It outways the quality of the food. There are at least a dozen places just as nice in this area, but since this resturant was featured in Gourmet Magazine and others, you just can not get in. It is amazing how people just follow the crowds and are all dying to eat here. Sure it is worth a call, but unless you want to eat at 5PM or 11PM, good luck! There are a couple tables for walk ins for 2 people, but they are usually gone by 5:30 and then you wait and wait and wait....
Posted by JoLynn - St.Louis on 10/02/2007
A truly memorable dining experience in the excitement of the West Village. Well worth the wait. From Appetizer to Salad, Entree and don't forget desert, truly outstanding. Softshell crab and meatball sliders were favorites and enough to share. Pork chop and butter beans were a great combination and you could smell the fresh herbs. Save room for desert--the raspberry donuts are to die for. Look out "Bobby" there's a new chef in town. A "must" for dinner when visiting NYC--we will return.
Posted by Perfect! on 09/19/2007
The food is impeccable. The white wine (the $13 glass) was the most unique white wine - I loved it! (and I normally drink red). The selection was great. I had the pork chop - delic!! My boyfriend had the crispy chicken - yummy! Very juicy, not overcooked. The sea scallop to start was also excellent. I highly recommend this place...but without a reservation, expect to wait at least an hour. (there are maybe only 10 tables in the entire rest.)
Posted by Village Voice on 07/02/2007
Little Owl is one of my favorite places for brunch or dinner in the village. Absolute cliche when it comes to what you would expect to find in the West Village for a restaurant and that's great! Cozy, unassuming, comfortable. The food is thoughtfully paired and presented, and each dish I've tried has been very good. Brunch dishes from pancakes to the cheeseburger are as close to perfect as you can find. It's rare that the experience and the food are both so consistently good so this place is a find. The staff are unusually pleasant and obviously take pride in their Little Owl!