For the second installment of PurseBlog Eats, we ventured down to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to pay a visit to The Fat Radish. Upon arrival, the restaurant provides an immediate sense of warmth and coziness – it’s the kind of soft-lit candle glow that feels completely effortless and genuine. The walls are decorated with hooks for customers’ coats and perfectly aligned filtered photographs. Plenty of bearded men can usually be found at the bar ordering fancy cocktails, while couples and groups sit at the dimly lit tables, sipping wine. It’s the kind of place you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave, but when you finally do, the owners’ similarly perfectly lit sister bar, The Leadbelly, is just across the street.
Reservations: Accepted via OpenTable
Price Point: Appetizers and Snacks from $8 to $18, Bigger plates $19 to $30 and Sides $8 to $12. Cocktails range from $7 to $15.
Where: 17 Orchard Street, Lower East Side
Ambiance: Very dim lighting with candlelit wooden tables, a fully stocked bar with quaint stools and rustic decorations.
Great for: Dates, groups and delicious cocktails.
What We Ordered: Scotch Egg, Beet Root and Swiss Chard Crumble, Roasted Dutch Morgan Chicken and the Special of the Day – Olive Oil Poached Striped Bass with Black Quinoa, Arugula and Coconut Broth
The Must Try: The Scotch Egg, which comes with only one egg, but it’s big enough to share (unless you really like Scotch Eggs like Vlad). Beet Root and Swiss Chard Crumble, which is really rich, so it’s perfect to split between several people. The Fat Radish Plate, which is a giant board filled with fresh vegetables. If you’re into seafood, the Crab Gratin is can’t-miss.
Bonus: Rather than your standard bread basket, the restaurant offers fresh radishes. Plus, the sister bar right across the street, The Leadbelly, serves oysters, small snacks and tasty cocktails.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting The Fat Radish yet, you’ll definitely want to add it to your bucket list. It’s just too good to leave off.
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