Solo dining in a scene of hot and cool people. In the space that once housed the ill-fated Civetta, is now the cool Kenmare, owned by nightlife veterans Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny. The chef, Joey Campanaro, from one of my favorite NYC restaurants, The Little Owl, is behind the stoves. In fact, the menu is a reflection of The Little Owl, just in more "sceney" digs.
I must admit, I had to namedrop to get a table at 8pm on a Thursday, but that is fine. A broccoli beer soup ($8) with English cheddar and bacon croutons was a fine starter I slurped up quickly. Another starter of the risotto of the day ($12), with black truffle and an egg, was decadent, yet not overly so. I did crave some more truffle, but it suited me just fine.
This was just a quick taste of cool. I need to come back and try some more goodies. I know I am cool enough.
98 Kenmare St. (bet. Mulberry and Centre)
New York, NY 10012