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Monday, March 19, 2012

NYC: The Darby

The Darby

244 W 14th Street
212.242.4411

The Darby is an absolute gem located about a block away from where it should be located, the Meatpacking District. Instead, it is located on the borderline-sleazy West 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The allure is for the trendy, social, MePa crowd so it’s close enough to be on the radar of those seeking just that. The Darby has a speakeasy vibe, with a nightly jazz band playing for the patrons to enjoy. My first cocktail incorporated watermelon ice cubes, so it looked and tasted delicious. I also tried the Floozy; grapefruit vodka, lemon, rose champagne. Summery and refreshing! 
Watermelon ice cubes
Various cocktails

Let's eat! We began with the ricotta crostini with braised artichokes and garlic, followed by baked clams and the burrata mozzarella. If burrata is on the menu, I always order it. Next up was the phenomenal charcuterie board.  The signature veal ‘bacon’ with homemade red mustard was thick-cut and smokey, the foie gras terrine with mandarin orange marmalade and pickled grapes was rich and sweet, and the duck breast with green peppercorns was sliced super thin. Yum. It was a creative selection for a charcuterie board. Also shared amongst the table, the sweet potato ravioli with toasted pumpkin seeds, chili flakes, and Parmesan.
Crostini & Clams
Charcuterie Board
The only thing I questioned after the meal ended was, what is The Darby Downstairs? Known by insiders as The Beehive, I learned that the honeycomb-themed lounge has a constant line out the door and keeps a trendy crowd at hand. I left The Darby full and tipsy (the way you should leave any restaurant), and I will be back soon to try The Darby Downstairs.

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