Bespoke Kitchen

The newest restaurant from Chef Franco Barrio of Picholine and Casa Mono is Bespoke Kitchen; a fresh modern space in the West Village focusing on locally sourced cuisine that invites the diner to participate in the menu creation along with the Chef.  Guests select from a list of market fresh vegetables, meat and fish and then Chef prepares the meal based upon individual preferences from a list of four questions.  Everything from cocktails to dessert can be made to order. 

On our visit the bartender whipped up a gorgeous vodka cocktail made with fresh cantaloupe, lime and ginger & a sultry whiskey drink called Tender is the Night with Hudson Baby Bourbon and Fernet Branca. 

For those who enjoy a more traditional approach there is also a regular menu with appetizers like Scallop and Fluke Ceviche with Heirloom tomatoes in a stunning Leche de Tigre sauce with chili and orange peel;

Pan-Fried Bacon Dumplings with house cured bacon, gala apple and sake aioli;

...and a fabulous Grilled Octopus with gooseberries and squid ink vinaigrette served atop black truffle potatoes.   

Each dish was delightfully surprising from the floral sake ailoi in the dumplings to the citrus forward Leche de Tigre sauce that I'm still thinking about today.   This is the perfect place for both sharing some small plates with friends or a romantic date night.  Bespoke boasts an open kitchen in the back for watching the chef in action and a gorgeous bar up front perfect for warming up with a bourbon cocktail or two on these chilly September nights.

615 1/2 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014