The Butcher's Daughter, That Pretty Vegetarian Cafe in Nolita That's Always Mobbed for Brunch, is Now Serving Dinner 

SSPNY Tries Out the New Dinner Menu at the Pretty & Always Mobbed Vegetarian Cafe in Nolita, The Butcher's Daughter

SSPNY checks out the always packed vegetarian and juice bar in Nolita, The Butcher's Daughter, after Manager Heather Tierney and Chef Joya Carlton of West Village's Buvette, introduced dinnertime to the menu in early February with the success of their fresh squeezed juice options and great lunchtime hang-out spot on Kenmare.

It may sound like a match made in carnivore heaven, but don't expect to find any meat on the menu at Nolita's Butcher's Daughter. Despite (because of?) the meat-cleaving ways of her father, the eponymous offspring who runs the place, Heather Tierney (also and by the way the mixologist and co-owner of Apothéke and Pulqueria), is strictly vegetarian. And thus, so is her restaurant. Not that anyone seems to mind: the bright, homey spot has been packing them in for brunch since it first opened last November. Which is great and all, and I also appreciate that The Butcher's Daughter has a nice freshly-squeezed juice bar selection, because there's no question that this is a pleasant, comfortable place to hang out for a bit on a sunny afternoon. But the real test for The Butcher's Daughter--and an indication of whether it has any sticking power down there on Kenmare, which has become a bit of restaurant graveyard of late--is whether Tierney and Chef Joya Carlton (of the excellent West Village bistro Buvette) can deliver the goods at dinnertime, which they finally started serving in early February, and which I finally ate about a week ago.

SSPNY tries out the new dinner menu which offers a blend of fruits and veggies served raw or cooked up with some little preparations. Though The Butcher's Daughter is no huge contender in creative vegetarian cuisine in the city, if you are looking for a quiet and romantic neighborhood spot with good vegetarian food, this spot of heaven in Nolita is perfect for you. First, we tried the smashed avocado with mustard, curry, lemon, and toast.

The Butcher's Daughter dinner menu offers an appealing blend of fruits and veggies served raw and cooked, simply prepared or gussied up a little. But just a little: fans of Amanda Cohen's magical dishes at Dirt Candy--or even the prettily-plated vegan fare at Blossom Cafe--will not find a new contender to the creative vegetarian throne here at the Butcher's Daughter. Anyway, I went to the Butcher's Daughter on a fairly freezing night, ate in a mostly empty but nonetheless warm and cozy-feeling room, and left reasonably satisfied. This is not a destination restaurant by any means, but if you're looking for a neighborhood spot that's quiet, non-scene-y, and even a touch romantic, you can't do much better in Nolita than The Butcher's Daughter.

SSPNY next tried out the Cashew Ricotta with Fig Mostarda as our "charcuterie" which was slightly lackluster, but was paired alongside a much more delicious thick, sweet corn soup concoction with curry and served with a hunk of crusty bread.

My companion and I shared a few items from all over the Butcher's Daughter dinner menu, starting with a bright and lively bowl of smashed avocado, a mix of mustard, curry, and lemon forked in, some decent toast upon which to slather the stuff on the side. Not bad. Our "charcuterie" selection, while not in any way bad, was somewhat lackluster: billed as Cashew Ricotta with Fig Mostarda, it seemed to be little more than a scoop of the fluffy cheese, a spoonful of fig jelly, a few thin slices of apple, done. Better was the soup, a thick, sweet corn concoction redolent with curry and served with a hunk of crusty bread. Order this, add a salad, and you've got a dinner with which you can be proud. Or heck, go for broke a get the meatiest-seeming thing on the menu, the Bangers and Mash, which of course aren't made from anything animal, but instead are a rich, hearty pair of white-bean and fennel sausages, plopped atop a pile of "rustic" hash browns, smothered in fried onions, mushrooms, and spicy mustard, paired with spinach. This, I would get again.

SSPNY lastly tried out the heartiest, meatiest-seeming thing on the menu, the Bangers and Mash, which came without anything animal, but instead with a rich, hearty pair of white-bean and fennel sausages, atop a pile of hash browns and smothered in fried onions, mushrooms and spicy mustard that is absolutely delicious!

The Butcher's Daughter is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 Sunday through Thursday, and at 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. The official restaurant website is still under construction, but you can find the complete Butcher's Daughter menu here.

The Butcher's Daughter is located at the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets in the heart of Nolita, now available for breakfast, lunch, brunch and DINNER, starting at 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita


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