The gastropub. A bar that has a strong focus on the food as well as the drinks. I'm thinking about The Spotted Pig and Spitzer's Corner, to name a couple. And now, I am also thinking of West 3rd Common. This is a spot in NOHO I had never even heard of, until I was lucky enough to get invited to a meal here this past week. This is a spot that is under the radar in my opinion, but the food here is quite tasty and good.
Duck sliders ($10) with kimchi and sweet hoisen were wonderful. I loved the balance of the sweetness of the hoisen and the spiciness of the kimchi. The kimchi added nice texture too.
Crawfish Monica ($9), a classic New Orleans staple with crawfish in a spicy cream sauce tossed with rotini was something I have never experienced, and I am glad I did. My dining companion and I could not stop eating this dish! The cream sauce had just the right amount of kick to it and was extremely addictive. I craved bread to soak up the sauce, but was glad there was none, for I didn't want to put too many calories on!
The Common Burger ($11) with cheddar, tomato, arugula, and sautéed onions, and herbed aioli, served with garlic french fries (I added bacon too for $1-was on a diet) was excellent. The burgers here are steamed, which creates a nice crust on the outside and lovely juiciness on the inside; it was devoured within minutes!
There is a good rendition of Spicy Fried Chicken ($16) with cheddar and smoked gouda mac and cheese and mustard slaw too. The skin had a nice flavor, and the meat of the chicken was juicy and tender.
So, if you are craving a bar with great food, West 3rd Common is the spot that hits the spot! PS. Look out for their new Spring additions April 22nd, with such dishes as catfish ceviche and kim chi tamales. Yummo!
West 3rd Common
1 West 3rd Street (and Broadway)
New York, NY 10012