Let me describe what you see in this photo:
A fresh salad of greens, shaved carrots, fennel, artichoke hearts, green beans, baby cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs.
A crisp roasted whole chicken redolent of rosemary and thyme, its crispy skin giving way to perfectly cooked chicken. It arrives to your table on a cast iron pan, literally sizzling in its own juices.
Sides of roasted mushrooms and shallots and a creamy polenta gratin.
For a finale, a big bowl of chocolate mousse, served with a dollop of the lightest whipped cream and covered in toasted pistachios.
I shared this feast with my dear Lucy, and while we cleaned our plates, we were so full by the end we couldn’t finish the chocolate mousse (a challenge posed to us by our very sweet server ).
What would you pay for this meal? $60? $50?
How about $35?
Smith’s has introduced one of the best and most delicious deals in the city- every Monday and Tuesday night, they offer a $35 roast chicken dinner for two. It’s a perfect cheap date place- Smith’s is a cozy, candlelit spot with great booths to sink into. Since dinner was such a steal, Lucy and I felt comfortable splurging on a nice half-bottle of Sancerre.
Reservations are imperative- word is getting out on the roast chicken dinner and I’ll bet this place is going to be packed with people looking for supper.
Smith’s: 79 Macdougal St, 212-260-0100. For more information or to see their regular menus, visit smithsnyc.com.
If you want to see pics from my meal, keep reading beyond the break.