Fedora - Dining in the West Village NYC

Fedora - 239 W 4th Street, NYC, 10014

Wanting to catch up with a friend for a late birthday dinner who lived in the West Village, I (Mirko) went to dinner at Fedora. Entering Fedora, there is a great ambiance with dark mood lit lighting, some cool artwork on the walls and some nice ambient music in the background. What makes it even better - it has just become gratuity free, meaning that there is no requirement to tip as it's already built into the overall cost of the meal... music to these Australian ears!

After looking at the menu we opt for a few small plates, some mains and a dessert. We also opted for two glasses of wine both from France:
  • Sauvignon Blanc (2014, Les Deux Moulins) - $14
  • Grenache/Carignan (2015, Gulhem, Mas De Daumas Casssas) - $13

Bread to start off the night
The bread was crusty with a fluffy inside and the butter was smooth and served at room temperature making it easy to spread.

Potato Croquettes (x4) - $7.00
The Potato Croquettes were served with a black garlic-squid ink aioli. The croquettes were bite sized and were nice and crunchy on the outside with a soft and smooth potato filling. The croquettes themselves were well seasoned and were made even better with the black garlic-squid ink aioli which was not at all overpowering (side note, reminded me of the look of Vegemite!).

Roasted Cauliflower Salad - $14.00
Second on the menu was the Roasted Cauliflower Salad served with corona beans, radishes and walnuts. Now before everyone questions the cost of the salad based on the picture, it must be noted that we made the waiter aware of our intention to share our dishes so the salad was split into two prior to arrival at the table to make it easier to eat. Great service in my opinion which didn't have to be done.

The salad looked and tasted great and had a number of different textures which did not make it boring to eat. The cauliflower was slightly soft and had a nice roasted flavour, radishes added a slight tartness to the dish, beans were firm as opposed to being floury and walnuts added a nice crunch leading to an overall pleasing mouthfeel.

Ricotta Gnocchi - $24.00
After our entrees (appetizers here in the US), we moved onto the Mains (entrees). First was the Ricotta Gnocchi with smoked chicken balls. Overall, this sauce of the gnocchi had a nice rich flavour. The gnocchi was cooked well and retained some bite which was good as some gnocchi can be overcooked and be a little too soft to the bite. The meatballs were soft and juicy as opposed to being dry (again which can sometimes be the case).

Krispie Fried Chicken - $31.00
Next on the menu was the Krispie Fried Chicken with pickled cucumber, rice and a soy jus. When I saw this on the menu, I assumed that it was going to be pieces of fried chicken however upon delivery it was half a chicken deep fried (with the inclusion of a nicely fried chicken foot) - sorry, no pics (too blurry - bad blogger!).

The flavours and presentation in this dish were Asian inspired. The batter on the chicken was light and not at all oily. The pickled cucumber and soy jus added some nice sweet and tart elements to the dish. The presentation of the dish (including the rice) in the one bowl made it a little more rustic and reminded me of a dish that I would have at home.  

Key Lime Pie - $13.00
After the mains, we moved onto dessert. Both being full, but still wanting dessert, we asked the waiter for his recommendation and he suggested the Key Lime Pie with a lemon verbena cream. I had had key lime pie here in the US previously, and was not a huge fan given the amount of heavy whipped cream that was put atop the pie, so was hoping that this would not be the case again... and thank god it wasn't!

The pie had a sweet short base that just crumbled in the mouth. The key lime pie mixture was smooth and tart and the cream had lemon/lime rind through it balancing out all elements on the dish and a great way to end the meal.

Vegetarian/Vegan friendly: Some vegetarian options available.
Child friendly: It's a very small location, I would say leave the children at home.

Service: 4/5 - Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive whilst not being over bearing.
Ambiance: 4/5 - Nice location, presentation and chatter of happy customer.
Food: 8/10 - Overall... delicious!

In total, OTCB gives Fedora 16/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

Fedora Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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