I recently ate at Almond Restaurant. Go there! It’s so good. We were immediately seated on a busy Thursday night, my water glass was never empty, and the manager actually walked around and checked in on diners. I love that kind of attentiveness having been a waitress myself and find it lacking in many of the restaurants I frequent in the NYC.
I had a glass of cabernet, it was delicious and they didn’t skimp on the pour, if you know what I mean. They feature many handpicked local wines and a nice local beer selection. The menu highlights some of the markets best; local, seasonal, and fresh. They even have a section on their website where they showcase local suppliers they are proud to represent on their menu, check it out here.
For an appetizer I ordered the Brussel Sprouts Two Ways in the style of caesar salad and shared the Loch Duart Salmon with a friend. They split the portion for us without even being asked, a very nice touch.
Some of the brussel spouts were chopped very fine and some were halved adding great texture. There was a fresh anchovie, croutons, and the best caesar dressing I’ve ever had. What a genius way to prepare brussel sprouts, I would have never expected to eat them raw in a salad like that. Also the portion size was just right, not too big, not too small. The salmon was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. They offer it simply grilled over greens, or specially prepared with some of the season’s best. I opted for the special preparation called Loch Duart Salmon served with roast acorn squash, farro, and sweet onion cream. The flavor and texture combination was just perfect. I think when I took my first bite I actually did a small happy dance with my fork!
I loved the decor as well, the doors were open so we got a nice breeze, the lighting was turned down just enough to add ambiance to the cavernous space, but it all felt very European to me (that is if a nice cafe in Paris had an edgy little sister that wound up on 22nd street in NYC). The service was spot on, the atmosphere delightful, and the food divine!
Photo credit Almond NYC Restaurant website