King Restaurant

flowersKing Restaurant just opened on the corner of 6th Avenue and King Street, a neighborhood I know quite well. Run and owned by two women, one in the front and one in the kitchen, a perfect combo.  Actually the kitchen is predominantly women and that is a nice change of pace.  The menu changes daily so coming back and back is set in stone because the food is really good and the vibe is warm and inviting.

chefThey renovated the restaurant so it feels and smells news.  Warm wood tones with an open kitchen in the back.  The front room is a bar with a handful of seats and chairs.  You rarely see this in the kitchen.  Love the three women here.

breadchipThe menu continues to change so it is small as it should be.  We began with large thin crispy cracker to share which is their bread.  A nice touch.

chickpeafriessalamiThese are Panisse, chickpea fries, crunchy tasty and delicious.  Also finochietta, house-made fennel salami. Both of these plates are small “french” snack foods.

pumpkincremeWe split the appetizer of roasted honeynut pumpkin with dandelion leaves, creme fraiche and chili flakes.  What I liked about this is the simplicity of the dish yet it is full of flavor and something I could have made at home.  It is like being in France or Italy.

gnocciWe also split the malfatti made with sage butter and  parmesan. The plates are so small because they divided everything for us in the kitchen.  These were delicious.  Small light flavorful bursts of taste.  Wow.

tatoesA few sides.  Crushed potatoes with sorel

mushroomsA dish of perfectly cooked chanterelles that taste as they were picked in the backyard earlier that afternoon.

ogletOne of us had the onglet, essentially hanger steak, grilled with radicchio, borlotti beans  and a Tuscan salsa.

guineahenI had the Guinea hen (for two) with our friend.  The meat was so juicy roasted with rosemary and just a light hint of lemon with small dollops of mascarpone served alongside.

tartFor dessert we shared a dense yet crumbly plum and almond tart.

graniteAnd a concord grape granita prosecco.  Granita is not my thing but I do love the presentation.

We returned and the food was just as good as the first time.  What I really like is the portions.  Very European, the perfect amount.  They are getting a bit busy so working on the kinks getting food out on time but that is part of the learning curve when the neighborhood and the rest of the city is excited to have a meal there.

Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    Glad you dug. We liked, didn’t love. We got the onglet, too, and the hen, and the fish stew. Solid. I guess I was expecting more. I dig the vibe though. Feels like you’re in Europe/London, not NYC.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Chef is from London.It definitely feels like a local European spot which is what I love

      1. kirklove

        yeah, I read their story. Badasssssses.

    2. fredwilson

      I think the little pastas they do as appetizers are fantastic. We had something slightly different last night and it was almost as good as be Malfatti

  2. Elizabeth Spiers

    This place looks good, but I was sad to see Mekong go. I used to live on Sullivan and Spring and it was a big artist hangout (for the few artists who are still able to live in Soho, given real estate pricing) and a big neighborhood institution with an actual community–almost on par with Raoul’s. The landlord increased the rent suddenly and exponentially, and they had no choice but to close down. So it goes in NYC, I suppose.

  3. pointsnfigures

    Owned by women-shouldn’t it be called Queen? : ) BTW, check out Some cool spots on there.

    1. Gotham Gal

      It’s on King st

      1. Pointsandfigures

        Right. Sorry my feeble attempt at jocularity did not come through!