Locande Verde is one of those spots where it usually works in your benefit to make a reservation as early as possible. And so, one of those days at work, I counted 30 days in advance and made my reservation!
Usually a full house every night, Locande Verde was no different on the Friday evening my friend and I went for dinner.
Its a gorgeous space with lots of seating available and a decent bar space for drinks while waiting for your table. In the back, you can look right into the kitchen. Oh how open kitchens seduce me!
While the bar space is big, there is a row of tables that's right next to the bar. And if you are not so lucky (*ahem* me and eating compadre) then you are seated at one of these tables and you get the extra bonus of people staring over your shoulder and staring while you eat your meal. Sigh...can only hope not to get seated in this area again.
Upon being seated, our table was adorned with a dirty wine glass. Lovely...must have been passed over by one of the hoverers over at the bar perhaps?
|Red tinged used wine glass anyone?|
|Wonderous cheese focaccia bread|
The Sheep's Milk Ricotta is a MUST GET. Soooooo creamy and complemented perfectly by the herbs and touch of olive oil (or was it butter? man I dunno but it went down super smooth!), I could not get enough of this dish!
|Crab Crostini and Sheep's Milk Ricotta|
|Close up of the Sheep's Milk Ricotta|
We also ordered a side of the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, but for some reason it was not brought out until we were more than halfway through our entrees (even after we asked a couple times...). These were average at best - I was hoping for crispy but they were kind of soft/soggy. If I were you, I'd put my vote towards a different side.
|Non-flash worthy Brussels Sprouts|
At this point, our dinner had dragged on longer than the usual 15 minutes (I'm a monster I know...) so we were itching to get out. The table next to us, who sat a good half hour after us, was already putting their coats on and getting ready to leave! For some reason, it took us forever to get the check (after asking twice!) and then it also took them a while to get our cards back to us. Hmm...
While we had some bumps throughout the dinner including a disappointing table bordering the bar, a dirty wine glass, and slow service I'd like to attribute all these items as a one-off/singular occurence. Plus, none of my other buddies seemed to come across these issues. So, given the fun ambiance and good quality of the food (the Ricotta!!!!!!!!!!), I'm looking forward to giving Locande Verde in Tribeca another go!
Piggys says Yes!
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK