Chalk Point Kitchen, located in the heart of the South Village right on Broome Street, continues to be one of the best restaurants we have ever written about for Manhattan Digest. Their amazing farm to table concept is updated every season with new and classic dishes that is sure to delight the masses as it has done for us. They recently unveiled some of their items for their winter menus, which we got first dibs on last week, and we were quite impressed (as we usually are) with how everything turned out.
At the helms of Matt Levine and indieFORK Hospitality, Chalk Point Kitchen has been a staple in the downtown area for quite some time now. They were ranked in the top 10 (and at one point, number one) of the best restaurants to go to in Manhattan based on the reviews for the website TripAdvisor. This pretty much indicates that Matt and his absolutely phenomenal chef Rebecca Weitzman are doing something right as there are thousands of restaurants in Manhattan vying for that title.
I’ve explained in past articles about the ambiance that Chalk Point Kitchen brings (see here), but to catch you up to speed, the location itself is moderately sized that is adorned with wood and brick furnishings, and memorabilia all over the walls. Cozy without feeling too tight, Chalk Point Kitchen has an inviting and overall fun atmosphere to be in whether you are dining alone, with a friend or family members.
Regarding their winter menu, this is what we recommend you trying to keep you warm, full and happy upon your exit. For those looking for a great and healthy alternative to pizza, Chalk Point Kitchen has developed their own bright and tasty version that comes on a pita with a spread of hummus, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. This happened to be one of my two favorite dishes that I tried that day, as there is so much flavor bursting in your mouth from the fresh veggies and hummus, that for anyone who is watching their weight in the new year, this would be a great example to choose from.
Staying on that veggie tip, another option they had us try which left us salivating for more was their Za’Atar Spiced Heirloom Cauliflower with an Apricot-Coriander Labneh. When I discussed earlier about the genius that is Rebecca Weitzman, a dish like this is a perfect example of just how amazing she truly is. The depth of flavor that she gets out of this dish is by far superb, and when you pair it with the Labneh it just elevates all of it so much further.
Who doesn’t crave a sandwich every once in a while? Chalk Point Kitchen has a ton of fantastic wraps and sandwiches, and we were treated to their Berkshire Ham, Forelle Pear & Smoked Mozzarella Sandwich with country batard toast, citrus aioli and arugula. I love everything about this sandwich, especially the sweetness from the pear matching with the heartiness of the ham and the smoky flavor of the mozzarella. The sandwich is easily big enough for two people to split, so come prepared with an appetite before ordering.
To finish off in a decadent style, why not try their Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding with sea salt popcorn and a brown sugar whipped cream. I’ve written about this before, however this has got to be one of the best desserts I have ever had in New York City, as it combines the sweet and salty elements of a dessert so perfectly. A great way to end the meal.
Chalk Point Kitchen is definitely a place you must try out starting in 2017 if you haven’t already. For more information, check out their official site.