Global Cuisine, Local Food
Pretty much everything at the Escape was delicious, but some of the local dishes struck us as particularly outstanding. East Villiage seasonal resturaunt and wine bar Edi and the Wolf explored the flavors of fall and the cuisine of Austria with their Fried Goat Cheese Dumplings ( served with Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Chutney and Pumpkinseed Pesto), while Marco Polo Ristorante did the same through an Italian culinary lens with Ravioli D'Anatra, a housemade Duck, Porcini and Smoked Mozzerela Ravioli topped with a creamy Buttermilk Pumpkin Sauce. The pumpkin theme was carried along elegantly by vegetarian haven The Splendid Spoon, whose Pumpkin Apple Soup paired Glebocki Farms Roasted Pumpkin and Red Jacket Orchards Apples with Saigon Cinnamon, Rosemary and Spicy Chiles. Our favorite local interpretation of global cuisine, though, was served up by Ofrenda. Their dish, the Arepa de Pato (Grilled Corn Cake with Duck Confit and a Rocoto Glaze, served with Scallion Fig Cilantro Salad and Toasted Peruvian Corn with Chili Piquin Dust) was a symphony of flavor that payed tribute to traditional Latin food while innovating creatively on the classics. Though it had formidble competition, the Arepa de Pato stood out even among the best local dishes.
It may not be your traditional happy hour with ridiculously low-priced drinks, but if you like filling your stomach with delicious food like I do, then it's even better.
Slurp down a regular priced cocktail (well worth the $$) from 5-8pm weeknights at Ovest, but don't think you aren't getting a bargain for your buck. These are some of the tastiest cocktails around, and ranging from $11-$13 for their pre-dinner and specialty cocktails, they really aren't something to skip.