Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Simple Pleasures: The Little Owl

I've only eaten dinner before 6PM twice in my life. Both times were at The Little Owl. Why? Well, first of all, everyone deserves a 9-5 workday once in a while. Second, eating dinner early is supposed to be good for you and help you stay trim. Third, and most importantly, a meal at The Little Owl is well worth the early bird meal time in exchange for a table. The London Observer recently anointed the bacon cheeseburger here one of the 50 best things to eat in the world. Yes, IN THE WORLD. I haven't had the burger myself (available for lunch only) and I don't know about in the world, but I know this place is definitely one of the best in NYC.

A small cozy restaurant on a quiet corner in the West Village, The Little Owl is one of the toughest tables to get in NYC due to its size and first come first serve policy. The cooking is simple and tastes like what home cooked meal should. The menu changes depending on the seasonal ingredients and there is never more than 10-15 items to pick from. But that doesn't make your decision any easier. There are fresh seafood items like scallops, halibut and roasted branzino. There is a juicy thick cut pork chop, aptly named THE porkchop, with sauteed butter beans. There's the crispy chicken with asparagus hash which will convert anyone who doesn't eat skin or chicken on the bone. And the dessert menu is filled with choices like rootbeer float and cookies that remind you how the simplest things in life can be so pleasurable. As you can see from the below, the only thing a girl can do when presented with these options is to...order everything. In the case of the Little Owl, over eating and over ordering are encouraged and frankly the only way to go.

Crispy Chicken with Asparagus Homefries

The Porkchop

Roasted Branzino with Zucchini Risotto

1 comment:

  1. NYC GUI, took your advice and hit Little Owl tonight - 6:30pm on a Monday. Was seated right away (and btw, I have fought for reservations here before and never realized that I just had to walk in at the right time). I was inspired by your pork chop picture and that's what I had. Truly delicious and rich, but still simple, fresh and clean in its flavors. The place could use a drop more ambience, but it all comes down to the food and the food is damn good. Thanks for the review!