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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!