Tartinery

For my sister’s birthday dinner this year, she chose Tartinery, located in the Nolita area. We have both heard good things about Tartinery but never got a chance to go try them out. Since we were ending our post-Christmas shopping in Soho, she thought it would be a great place to grab her birthday dinner. Quick tip: you definitely need reservations if you plan on arriving later in the night. By the time we left at around 8pm, there were a few groups waiting outside.

We were a group of five so we ordered two appetizers to share. First up was the Pata Negra Plate, which consists of iberco ham and garlic & tomato paste served with toasts. The ham was very fragrant and tasted great when paired with the tomato paste. I wish there was more ham!

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Our second appetizer was the Burrata, served with grape tomatoes, olive oil and toasts as well. The burrata was pretty tasty – absolutely no complaints. The portion size was generous and we had more than enough to go around. Although, I have to say that the burrata was not as good as the divine one I had a Murray’s Cheese Bar.

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My sister, the birthday girl, went with the Croque Madame Tartine with ham chiffonade, gruyere cheese and a fried egg on top. I had a piece of her tartine and I thought it was one of the best Croque Madames I have ever had. The cheese was melty and gooey. And the leaky egg yolk really helped round the entire taste combination up to a perfect little package.

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I had the Steak Minute Tartine with filet steak, caramelized onion and horseradish mayo. I didn’t care too much for the caramelized onions but I really loved the horseradish mayo. It had a hint of pepper and spice, which was a nice compliment to the steak. I was really too full to finish the bread along with the steak but I did it because of the delicious mayo!

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For dessert, I split the Tarte Tartin, a warm, caramelized apple tart, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The warm apple tart was a nice, sweet finish to the otherwise savory meal. I only wish there was more ice cream!

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Service was pretty attentive throughout the entire dinner. Beer prices are pretty reasonable but some wines are definitely on the pricey side. My glass of Riesling, although good, was $11, which can buy me a whole bottle at Astor Wines. Come for the tartines, but skip the wine list if you’re on a budget!

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