Narcissa, The Standard Hotel
There is a Standard Hotel up the street from where we live in the West Village. Unfortunately we have had to stay there countless times. I have never been a fan of the food there. It is too bad considering it is just up the street. None of the menus ever excited me from breakfast to lunch to dinner. I never go but perhaps they will bold enough to change horses like the Standard Hotel on the Bowery did.
Narcissa is the restaurant at the Standard Hotel on the Bowery and John Frasier is the chef. It is not easy putting out high quality food every night in a large restaurant. It is an art. Frasier has figured it out. The dinner we had was delicious. The vibe in the place is fun too. Lots of different areas to sit, eat and drink. The noise level is also just perfect. You can feel the hum of the restaurant and you can easily talk to the people at your table. What a concept!
I am a fan of crab and am starting to see it pop up more and more in menus these days. A crab salad mixed with hearts of palm, hazelnuts and blood oranges. Really delicious. Almost like a white fish dip.
We were treated to an insane amount of desserts. I will hit the high notes although I believe Fred ate 3/4 of every one we were served. Carrot cake should not have been sitting in front of me as I kept digging back in.
All and all the meal was excellent. Honestly can hardly wait to go back. What a great new addition to the downtown restaurant scene. Bravo!