T.W. ,writer extraordinaire of the food blog Culinary Types, outdid himself when he managed to get us reservations at The Little Owl at the last minute. A 28-seat restaurant at the corner of Bedford and Grove located in the West Village, it just opened last May, but had created such a buzz that when we got there right before 5 pm there were already people waiting outside to be seated. The place quickly filled up even before we got our appetizers.
In between bites of our peach-salad and meatball slider appetizers, T.W. interviewed me about my reasons for starting this blog. Details of that on-the-spot interview can be found here.
On the menu, my eyes zeroed in on their specialty named simply: “The Pork Chop”.
My ginormous (the word is now in Merriam-Webster dictionary so I might as well use it) pork chop was cooked to perfection. I ordered mine medium-well and when they presented me with a
1.25 1.5 inch chop, I was afraid that it would be too dry. But when I sliced a modest piece of my dish and began the chewing process, I was elated to discover that it was juicy and full of flavor. My chop had perfect grill marks and its glistening surface had a lot of palatable appeal. It came on top of parmesan butter beans which were equally delicious.
I’ll let the picture above speak for itself.
I believe T.W.’s chicken dish was also scrumptious. I just loved the crunch of the crispy skin when he let me sample his dish.
As for desserts, I preferred the raspberry beignets that T.W. had ordered rather than my warm brownie cake. He was lucky that the pork chop satisfied my hungry belly or I would have eaten his dessert!J
So for those lucky folks who happen to live in New York City, go pay a visit to The Little Owl.
A review in the New York Times said that they season their pork chop with cayenne, curry, cumin and coriander. I thought I detected some thyme in the mix and I’m sure they brined it — well, there is only one way to find out…