If you ever meet Gabriel Stulman, the owner of Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and the new redo of Fedora, the first thing you'll notice is the man's beard. You can't miss the thing. It's unique, interesting, fantastic, and quite memorable-just like his new spot Fedora.
I've stopped into Fedora (a restaurant that has been in the West Village for some time, and has just recently been taken over and redone by Mr. Stulman) a bunch of times in the last few weeks, because I have fallen in love with the place. The people, the food, and the vibe, are all amazing. It's a neighboord joint, with a laid back vibe and terrific food. If you haven't been yet, you need to go to experience it for yourself. If the vibe at the bar doesn't hook you, then Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly's cooking surely will.
My first time there I started with a special of blood sausage ($10) with green beans, and a shallot-sherry vinaigrette. I rarely eat blood sausage, but the flavor and texture of this dish had me craving more.
I'm not one to pass up fried chicken- I love that bird! And you shouldn't pass up the one offered at Fedora either. This playful dish ($23) served with the claw, comes with mustard greens, sriracha and cucumber. The touch of Asian flavors, and juicy, delicious meat, had me moaning with love. It was addictive and excellent.
A side of roasted brussels sprouts ($8), with black bean sauce and bacon was truly wonderful. Another Asian accented dish that had me congratulating myself for ordering it. You should order it too.
End with the warm madeleines ($10), with honey citrus sobayon, and your meal will be complete. You will be satisfied, happy, and checking your calendar for your next trip back.
So definitely stop by Fedora soon, one of my new favorite NYC restaurants. I'm sure you'll love it too. Feel the vibe, eat the food, have a drink, and look out for that beard, it'll be an experience you'll want to repeat. (Also, good to know- they serve a late-night menu til 2am-the pork and rock shrimp sandwich is kick-ass and fabulous!)
239 W. 4th St. (bet. 10th and Charles)
New York, NY 10014