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New York City Eats: Public

Spring break was earlier this month and, although we knew about it for months, it caught us by surprise. The week before break we decided to visit my brother in NYC for a few days.   With gas prices being so cheap, we were able to get there with about $80 in gas.   And staying at my brother’s was even cheaper.

As a thank you for letting us crash at his place and eat all his Spam and eggs, we took him and his fiancée out to dinner at Public.

Public features Brad Farmerie’s global-inspired cuisine which uses a lot of rare ingredients and wild game.   He likes to challenge diners by introducing them to new ingredients and techniques and his efforts have been awarded a Michelin Star every year since 2009.

Here’s some of what we ate

Spanish octopus with piquillo pepper purée, warm potato salad, pickled chiles and three herb pistou

Spanish octopus with piquillo pepper purée, warm potato salad, pickled chiles and three herb pistou

Razor clam ceviche with tobiko wasabi, avocado, cucumber jelly, lime and cilantro

Razor clam ceviche with tobiko wasabi, avocado, cucumber jelly, lime and cilantro

Ricotta cavatelli with carrot Bolognese, pickled ramps, candied sunflower seeds and ramp pesto

Ricotta cavatelli with carrot Bolognese, pickled ramps, candied sunflower seeds and ramp pesto

Grilled New Zealand venison with pickled beets, hibiscus, currants, black garlic and quinoa salad

Grilled New Zealand venison with pickled beets, hibiscus, currants, black garlic and quinoa salad

 

Not pictured was my duck breast and leg with sumac panisse, spring onion, garbanzo beans, pickled rhubarb and chive oil.

 

Here’s What we Drank

PUblic wine

2009 Villa di Capezzano Carmignano, a Sangiovese and Cabernet blend recommended to us by the sommelier. It had a terrific balance of bright acids, chewy tannins, and good amount of rustic funk to it. It worked well with all the dishes.

With the Michelin Star, I was fully expecting to be wowed by the food – and I was. Everything was perfectly executed and had a great balance of technique, flavor, and texture. There’s a temptation with introducing rare ingredients to get cutesy and add them “just because.” This isn’t the case at Public as every single ingredient had a purpose.

It wasn’t cheap, though. At those prices, I was fully expecting to be … well… full.   Those portions were miniscule.

But, what the hell, we were on vacation.   And a cheap one at that.   Until a few days later when we got this souvenir.

 

 

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2 comments on “New York City Eats: Public

  1. Go Jules Go
    April 29, 2015

    Gasp! You got a dog at the equivalent of a Kennedy Fried Chicken! The rest of this post is now lost on me. 😉

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