Continental / New York / Restaurants/Bars

Charlie Bird

When the waitress came to our table, we asked if she had any favorite dishes.  “Oh, this dish is just amazing,” she said.  “But so is this one…and THIS…and you can’t not order this…or this or this.”  By the time she was done, she had listed the entire menu as “favorites.”  I can assure you that’s most definitely not the case, as some dishes at Charlie Bird were definite misses for me.  The Brussels sprouts were way overseasoned, as were the fries.  The cauliflower was just meh.  Overall, the kitchen needs to learn how to hold back on the salt.  Now that I’m looking at it, all those dishes fall within the vegetables section of the menu.  So here’s my advice: you should still go to Charlie Bird; just don’t get the veggies, despite your mother’s pleas to eat something green and leafy.  You’ll survive one night without veg.

All the other items we tried, like the burrata toast, braised rabbit pappardelle, farro salad, octopus, lamb belly, ribeye, and chicken were quite good.  I never order chicken at a restaurant because I cook it so often at home and think it can be boring.  But this chicken with its crispy skin, juicy meat, and some sort of truffle something was the poultry of my dreams.  And remember what I said about the vegetables?  Make one exception for the crispy artichokes with romesco sauce.  I completely forgot my disappointment in the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower upon trying those two dishes.

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