Sunday, March 21, 2010

10 Downing

This meal took place on 3/14/10.

Suzie gave us a gift certificate for Christmas, and we decided to use it at 10 Downing last Sunday.

Mabel has been curious about this place since before it opened about 1.5 years ago. I think the buzz back then had a lot to do with this controversial chef guy Neroni. But he has since left, and now we're able to use a certificate to eat there.

It was fun. We made an Open Table reservation 15 minutes beforehand and they seated us in a nice corner banquette. The menu was definitely different from when it was reviewed in the Times and service was a bit slow, but we didn't really go for the food and weren't in any hurry.

I got chicken which was flavorful, but the white meat was pretty dry. Mabel was craving a burger. She thought it was respectably average.

She really wanted a tomato on her burger, but they said that they had no tomato because it was out of season. It reminded me of the time Mabel asked for lettuce and tomato at Jack's Hot Dog Stand, and the reply was, "No ... but we have relish." But Jack's is a humble counter restaurant so it's kind of awesome. 10 Downing had mango on their dessert menu, so I'm not sure they can play the seasonality card.

What really made the burger was that the knife in it reminded Mabel of a Colbert Report sketch on how Karl Rove looked like a canned ham.

10 Downing
10 Downing St (at 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-0300

Jack's Hot Dog Stand‎
12 Eagle St
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-9006

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