Dinner at Ardesia
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:46PM
The Lady Who Lunches in Restaurant reviews
*Check out my pictures from this meal *here*

 

What’s the space like?

Have you ever eaten at Aureole in Las VegasIf not, picture this: sky-high ceilings, a dramatic glass-enclosed display of suspended wine bottles, and an elegantly simplistic décor.  Pair all of that grandeur with the humble comfort of your living room (i.e. a place where you go to unwind and relax), or “room” if you live in Manhattan, and you’ve got Ardesia.   

My only complaint about this restaurant, detail-wise, would be the tiny tables that are literally the width of two forearms in which food is presented to the customer.  I get that Ardesia is a “small plates” restaurant and all, but come on!  I don’t understand the logic.  Smaller table space = less food

ordered.  Bigger table space = more food ordered.  More food ordered = more money.  Hopefully, this is just a temporary solution while the restaurant awaits a furniture delivery. 

 How was the service?
As this is a brand new venue, I found the staff to be very accommodating and attentive.  I hope that lasts!
 
What did you drink?

Roll your eyes if you may; call me a “wine idiot” if you want, I don’t really care.  Like I do on many most occasions, I enjoyed a couple of glasses of a cloyingly sweet Muscat dessert wine.  

How was the food?

Being that Ardesia’s food menu consists of tapas (appetizers, canapés, snacks); Dara, ak.a. www.theskinnypignyc.com, and I were able to order a variety of small plates to share.     

What’s pricing like?

Here’s a snapshot of our bill:

Will you return to Ardesia?

If I am in the neighborhood, which isn’t often, I would return to Ardesia.  In my opinion, this is not a destination restaurant/lounge; however, if you live in the area, it’s a great option for a glass of wine and a couple of snacks. This is a sweet little spot and I hope that, even with regards to its awkward location, Ardesia will succeed.

On my visit, Ardesia’s wine list made no mention of a moscato d’asti or a brachetto d’aqui.  I find this strange that an establishment thatlabels itself a “wine bar” would not carry one or both of these sweet, sparkling pours. 

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