Place: Market Table
Neighborhood: West Village, 54 Carmine St. (at Bedford St.)
The scoop: Market Table is located not too far from the West 4th St. subway station. Market Table isn’t huge, but it has a decent amount of space for a West Village restaurant. The restaurant has minimal decor. Its exposed brick and ceiling with wooden beams are very West Village-esque and give the space a cozy and classic feel. Wine bottles are lined up around the restaurant. There are large windows surrounding the restaurant allowing a lot of natural light to shine in during the day. If the weather is nice, they open up all of the windows. The wave of fresh air is quite refreshing.
The new American menu is not your everyday steak and scramble. Each item has a little twist to it, with a fabulous fresh ingredient that I loved. I may have just been in a fall mood, but the menu appeared to be very seasonal. Many dishes seemed like they’d be hearty with a homemade feel — you know, the dishes that make you feel all warm inside.
Everything at Market Table is top notch. The service reciprocates this. The server was friendly and even scraped off our messy crumbs post meal.
Chew on this:
Black Angus Strip Loin $19 / Wilted greens, cheesy grits, busted tomatoes
This dish isn’t your typical steak and eggs, but it’s oh so delicious. The loin was thick and juicy, cooked to perfection and laid over a bed of cheesy grits. The juices from the steak were floating in the bowl. The black Angus strip loin was mouthwatering and super flavorful. It really hit the spot.
Poached Organic Eggs Benedict $16 / Buttermilk biscuit, prosciutto, home fries
I am a sucker for biscuits, especially when they’re topped with eggs Benedict. Market Table’s take on this brunch classic included ricotta cheese, which made the dish really moist. All of the flavors blended well together, and I enjoyed each and every bite. I enjoyed having prosciutto instead of the usual ham. The side of home fries had some great flavor as well, a little peppery and familiar tasting. The grilled onion was a nice addition.
Crispy Autumn Flounder Sandwich $19 / Griddled bun, spicy savoy slaw, Old Bay shoe strings
This dish may be the perfect cure for a hangover. I got a good-sized piece of crispy fried flounder, which was topped off with Market Table’s savoy slaw — a cabbage mixture similar to coleslaw. The flounder and slaw were sandwiched between two slices of a grilled bun. The bun gave the sandwich a crunchiness. The sandwich reminded me of a lobster roll. It wasn’t overly greasy and was delicious. The side of shoe-string fries was a great final touch. The fries went so well with the fish that I added some inside the sandwich.
The final bite: The food, atmosphere and service are all excellent at Market Table. Chances are they have what you’re craving on a weekend afternoon. I would recommend Market Table and am looking forward to going back.
Reviewed by: Erica