The space: The brilliant Missy Robbins has left the building.
Commerce Restaurant in West Village, Manhattan, NYCDealing Dishes at Commerce
The space: A guaranteed scene of cool kids on any given night, Commerce is the buzzy West Village standby. Housed in a former speakeasy, Commerce blends a vintage Parisian atmosphere with serious farm-to-table food. Prime witching hours for the fashionable Manhattanites are 9pm and later; skip the early bird special if you want to be part of the cool kids club. Whether your dining a deux, with another couple, or a half dozen friends, you're guaranteed a fun night out.
The ingredient: The saying that you can't make everyone happy does not apply here. Even the basic vegetables are power-packed with flavor, and almost delicious enough to convert a carnivore. Almost that is, if they didn't have such an extensive and complex preparation of meat dishes. Go all in for the Ragu of odd things. Oxtail, trotters, and tripe with hand-rolled orecchiette, which are a photo snap away from a social media post gone viral.
The special: Pork is popular: the short rib ravioli, pork schnitzel, or Korean-inspired Berkshire pork chop satisfy meat eaters. The latter is complemented by rice cakes and a kimchi apple salad, a balanced meal on a balanced menu. For the herbivore craving a substantial supper, there’s fettuccine with one-hour tomato sauce and housemade ricotta.
Commerce, 50 Commerce St., West Village, 212-524-2301, commercerestaurant.com