We wrapped up the Sweet Potato Tour for Sweet Potato Month this Februaryat Market Table, a cozy restaurant in the West Village with fresh seasonal ingredients, including sweet potato, and big flavor. We also had very fast service for a Sunday supper, while still getting incredible quality food.
For our starters, we chose the Beef Carpaccio and Sweet Bread Croquettes. The carpaccio was served with a French fry salad, parmesan, egg and Dijon. The combination sounds odd, but the crunchiness of the fries with egg and sauce created with the Dijon, was a great combination with the beef. If sweetbreads make you squeamish, get it in this hush puppie-esque croquette form. Prepared with pancetta, sage and grainy mustard, the dish was tasty and while still flavorful, the star of the dish was masked in the presentation.
We split the Pan Roasted Chicken as our entrée and the restaurant plated on separate dishes, which we appreciated. The chicken was juicy and the skin was perfectly crispy. The sweet potato shined in this dish, highlighted by the hazelnut brown butter and bok choy. We couldn’t get enough of it.
We also got a side of the Charred Brussel Sprouts, with minced pickled apples, sage, bacon, and caramelized onions. The saltiness of the bacon and sweetness of the apple made this a quintessential winter dish, satisfying and seasonal.
Although our server suggested the Orange Blossom French Toast, which we’ll have to go back to try, we opted for the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Complete with peanut butter mousse, brittle, and banana chip gelato, the textures and flavors of the different components was everything we wanted to complete our meal. With seasonal cocktails to accompany seasonal dishes, we’ll definitely be back to see what they come up with next.
As saddening it is that our sweet potato journey is over, we will now be more aware of this under the radar vegetable when it’s in our future dishes, across all the different types of cuisines we try on a daily basis.
For more information on Sweet Potato Month, please visit: http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/.
– Stephanie Carino