I know, I know - its been ages since I posted. But this will be worth it, even though there are about 20 other spots I should highlight since my last entree (or entry).
I was treated to Farmerie 58 this past weekend by an astute legal eagle friend of mine. I entered the old Republic (pan Asian) spot across from David Burke's and expected anything but what I saw. With limited changes to decor, Farmerie seemed to be a new menu in an old spot. This was further reinforced by the (very) weak wine list, despite a helpful server (who highlighted what we "shouldn't eat" on the menu).
Dear reader, before you write off this restaurant with a local farm focus, know that my dread was completely dispelled by the food which followed. We chose appetizers from the raw bar, including a very nice Hamachi Carpaccio, with a lemongrass & soy sauce. Excellent and fresh tasting. We also shared an "Ocean's Bounty" roll which consisted of a well-executed crispy lobster and salmon.
For an entree, I was again surprised by the Amish Chicken with truffle gnocchi and egg; an awesome example of simple, homestyle ingredients (well, except the truffle) done right. Could not have been more positively surprised by food!
Desserts were also well done. I would try to BYOB, but Farmerie is something to see.