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Prima

Prima

58 E. 1st St, East Village, NY 10003
8.5


By
November 22, 2011

We’ve always been fans of The Summit Bar, however we never reviewed it because the food menu is tiny and the door/bouncer/crowd scenario most nights is unbearable. Thankfully, the kings of cocktail decided it was time to add something a little more gastronomic to their resume. We love a pleasant surprise and that’s exactly what this turned out to be. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Prima, our new favorite East Village hangout.

We know the Summit guys don’t take their cocktailing lightly. After all, they were awarded cocktail bar of the year for 2010 by New York Magazine. We’re happy to report that they haven’t skipped a beat at Prima and, believe it or not, they’ve actually stepped up their game. The Mancini with Michter’s rye, meletti amaro and smoked cinnamon bitters is possibly the single greatest Old Fashioned we’ve ever had, and we take our Old Fashioned’s very seriously. It’s that same meticulous attention to detail in libation crafting that is poised to makes Prima’s food offerings equally as intoxicating. Prima’s menu invites you to choose from a short list of fresh fish and pair each with a specially crafted sauce and a side. Everything we tasted was excellent, well prepared and perfectly cooked.

It may only be a month old, but Prima has already achieved immediate Infatuation go-to status. It’s got everything you want out of an awesome cocktail bar and more. Dinner! It’ll also have breakfast, lunch and brunch in the not-so-distant future. Get it on your Hit List. This place is awesome.


Food Rundown:

Marinated Beets
These are large triangular sliced beats mixed with a winning combo of honey crisp apple, horseradish and dijon. It’s a lay up, but it’s excellent.

Crab Cakes
We loved this lightly fried, pleasantly plump crab cake that was moist and highly tasty.

Sardines Rillettes
Another winning appetizer. Honestly, I’m not crazy about sardines, but this was really good. It tastes similar to a fresh tuna salad. Well done.

Skate
Now this is how you cook a piece of skate. This is a simply prepared piece of fish without any bells and whistles – just lemon and olive oil with a side of parsley butter. This is definitely the number one fish on the menu. Get it with the tomato and basil vierge sauce.

Black Seabass
Another winner. Again, simply prepared and perfectly cooked. We went with the green, chimichurri style, sauce on this one, but this fish tasted just fine on its own. You can taste the quality in every bite, it’s clear that Prima is using the cream of the purveyor crop.

Tempura Hake
Order the fries with Old Bay as your side, and you’ve got the best fish n chips we’ve had in a really long time. I know we just said that about Jones Wood Foundry, but this one is infinitely better. Definitely get it with the tartar sauce.

Burger
Very solid. The outside had a nice pan sear to it and the grass fed beef was pink and juicy on the inside. The beef to bun distribution was executed well.

Sides
We loved the garlic spinach, as well as the special parsnip puree , which tasted like sweet mashed potatoes. The thick cut fries were awesome, as were the brussels sprouts with bacon and brown butter. All in all, we were quite impressed.

Mille Feuille
One incredible dessert. Just look at how beautiful it is. This French vanilla cream pastry is required ordering to finish off the meal in style.

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