Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rosemary's NYC - Packs flavor ... and crowds

18 Greenwich Avenue (West Village)
NYC 10011
Breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

By Jane Feehan

One of New York City’s busiest new restaurants, Rosemary’s dishes up skillfully prepared Italian creations to an adoring local crowd willing to wait an hour or more for dinner.

Rosemary’s pays homage to the current farm-to-table trend with its roof-top-grown vegetables and herbs.  Their signature minestrone soup, or Minestra di Stagione ($16) overflows with garden fresh vegetables and is a lunch time favorite. Pollo al Mattone ($20), a juicy and flavorful half chicken atop brussel sprouts, beans and house-made croutons, is top notch.  Small dishes ($5) of vegetables, meat, seafood or cheeses either complement a meal or serve as mainstay. One of those dishes, Eggplant Caponata - roasted eggplant, and olives in a tomato-based sauce – bursts with flavor.

A bar surrounded by high top, chairless tables keeps patrons occupied while waiting to be seated. Some wait for a cell phone call announcing their table while at nearby bars. Rosemary’s, once the site of a stationary store, is short on ambiance and is a noisy, crowded place most of the day. It’s trendy, moderately priced and casual. Union Square lies a few blocks away. Service: good.
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