The restaurant Commerce in the West Village is a great restaurant. It took me three years to dine here, but it was worth the wait. It's a bustling, festive joint, with really good contemporary American fare from chef Harold Moore. Tucked away on the charming Commerce Street, it's perfect for a date, or grab a seat at the bar like I did two weeks ago, and have a magical night!
Commerce is proud that they bake their breads in-house, my bartender was enthusiastic about it. And well, they should be. It's an addictive assorted breadbasket, tough on one's diet!
Summer vegetable fricasee ($16), with truffle and poached egg was absolutely wonderful. The flavor so perfectly balanced and soothing. A must order.
Korean inspired Berkshire pork chop ($29) with rice cakes and a kimchi apple salad is awesome. Juicy and succulent meat, a truly delicious dish.
You must end your meal with Commerce's coconut cake. I'm not a huge fan of coconut, but the bartender insisted I order it. They are supposedly famous for this cake, and a large framed review of the cake from New York Magazine when you walk in solidifies this fame. After one bite, I saw what all the hype was about. It's amazing. Perfect texture, not too sweet, just right. It's a huge slice of cake, and I shared the slice with the two couples who sat next to me, and they too after hesitation, couldn't stop eating it. It was like a drug. Order it.