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Discovering Greenwich Grill’s Tokyo Style Italian

December 9, 2012

Greenwich Grill is a quiet, unassuming restaurant on a cobbled street in Tribeca and their delicate Tokyo style Italian food makes it worth a trip to the remote corner of Manhattan.  The back dining room is quite intimate, even though an occasional table of Japanese diners can get a little rowdy after a few glasses of wine.  In a very classy way of course.

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The meal at Greenwich Grill starts with flat breads from Sullivan Street.  Always a good choice.

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The appetizers at Greenwich Grill are big in portion but light in taste.  Scallop carpaccio with pear compote is a sweet composition that is refreshing with notes of lemon.  For some greens, the arugula salad with calamari and bottarga will satisfy.  The pine nuts and green apples offer texture to an otherwise simply plate of greens.

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The pastas here are the main attraction.  The regular portions are big enough but if you are really hungry, the large portions are also available.  While the Zuwai crab and bottarga spaghettini is rich and buttery full of tender crab meat and leeks, the squid ink tagliatelle with its tomato based mixed anchovy seafood sauce is much lighter.

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Just like the rest of the meal, the desserts at Greenwich Grill is just as light.  The Mont Blanc is a lovely interpretation of the classic French dessert.  Light and airy chestnut mousse is piped on top of  a scoop of vanilla ice cream, hiding a dollop of creamy chestnut jam.  A perfect way to end the meal.

Greenwich Grill |428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 | http://www.greenwichgrill.com/home.html

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