While Chelsea may be a fantastic area to play, lounge hop, and people watch, one thing it has seemed to lack is a one-stop shop where you can enjoy delicious food either as a snack with friends over conversation, specialty cocktails, intimate lounge seating, a communal bar with a great group scene, or secluded dining, along with outdoor seating in great weather. And then I met Pounds and Ounces (160 8th Ave at 18th Street).
In a recent post by The Village Voice, the chef explains, "The whole dinner menu is new. We still have some burgers, but we've added lighter fare and gluten-free options, and we've focused on seasoning properly, portioning properly, and sourcing very locally."
Chef Kreisel is working on the lunch menu and a late night menu, so I can't wait to return soon to see what new dishes he has in store. In the meanwhile, here are is a preview of what a great dinner menu he already has set in place.
|Summer Watermelon Salad with mint, cucumbers, tomatoes, ricotta salata, toasted pine nuts, & lemon dressing.|
|Chicken Liver Pate with truffle salt|
|Citrus & Herb cured salmon with beet couscous, citrus creme fraiche, and corn blinis|
|Lobster Corn Dogs with Meyer Lemon Aioli|
|Seared scallops with eggplant caviar, roasted tomatoes, crispy sunchokes, & aged vinegar|
|Seared Halibut with maitake mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and scallion-ginger pesto|
|F&Kn Burger with onion marnalade, fontina, pineapple braised short ribs, pickled green tomato chips, on brioche.|