When it comes to new restaurants almost everyone is trying to do something to distinguish themselves from the rest, and go one better too. Ides, a tiny Smith St. restaurant is certainly following that pattern.
Decor is simple,
table settings are basic with faux leather table covers
Bread arrived promptly with creamed peanutty butter.
This would do for dinner.
The menu is a six course degustation - four mains and two desserts at a set price $110/person.
First came Jerusalem artichoke three ways. Served on a cream cheese cooked in vinegar with onion seed, chives and parsley
Extremely unusual and quite interesting but also quite a strong tasting first course dominated by the ginger.
This was followed by dish of smoked eel and lentils
in a sweet potato broth.
This worked remarkably well. Not that most diners would care but it demonstrated originality and technique combined to make an outstanding dish.
Blue eye cod with cabbage on a strip of turnip