Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 03/11/2015
Photo: Melissa Hom
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10 Downing St., 212-675-4350, West Village, Manhattan
Even rutabaga is a revelation at Cafe Clover, an innovative, beautiful and cordial new restaurant in the heart of the West Village. The root vegetable is tangled with angel-hair-like strands of celery root and laced with pistachios, parsley and citrus dressing, so vibrant it tastes like summer. Chef David Standridge (Market Table, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon) has a way of animating winter's bounty, such as brussels sprouts livened with jalapeño and black garlic. This may be a health-oriented restaurant, but it's not vegetarian. The menu includes a pasture-raised beef burger, organic Scottish salmon with spaghetti squash and pounded chicken breast accompanied by a lovely salad. It's also not doctrinaire in the drinks department, featuring potent cocktails and craft beer. Nightlife-industry veteran David Rabin is one of the partners and has cottoned to the post-clubbing generation's needs for a cool setting, comfortable seating and food that produces ecstasy.