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“Jefferson-- Closed”

  Occasion: Cuisine: Area: Cost: Rating:
  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

Being that I dine out for living, it is rare (but thrilling) for me to discover menus containing ingredients that I have never encountered before. The menu at Jefferson, a chic, modern Asian-inspired spot lined with blond wood and bathed in golden light, contained several. I loved them all.


Organic black silky chicken ($23) was one. A crispy, jet black-skinned bird, with alarming gray flesh, was served two ways—a moist roasted breast and a pair of buttery confited legs. Honestly, the bird could have been a bat, it was so black, but I would not have cared. The stylish, urban diners lining the tan banquets didn’t seem to mind the chicken’s resemblance to Dracula’s pet either. Served on a bed of vibrant green Malabar spinach (never heard of that either), with ruby red Asian wine lees (another new one)—a sort of sweet-tart pulpy sauce—that bat/bird was great. Simpson Wong, the brilliant young chef behind Jefferson (and Café Asean), has created a menu of sexy dishes that boldly mix up far-out Asian ingredients with classic French technique. Grilled slices of pink toro were topped with a buttery slab of caramelized foie gras; a heap of roasted quince drizzled with honey sansho peppercorn sauce ($19) finished the dish. A stunning plate of yellowtail sashimi ($13) was winning as well. Organized like dominoes on a long rectangular plate, shimmering slices of supple fish were set atop firm rectangles of Asian pear, dressed with a bright preserved lemon and chive oil.


Desserts are also excellent; especially the goat cheese and Fuji apple stuffed pot stickers ($7). Think apple pie in one-bite. At Jefferson, it is as easy to fall in love with the far-out as with the familiar.


Jefferson, 121 W 10th Street (b/w 6th and Greenwich Aves), 212-255-3333


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