Kingswood

Red Sancerre by the window at Kingswood, overlooking W. 10th St.

Red Sancerre by the window at Kingswood, overlooking W. 10th St.

Kingswood is pretty much a young person’s playground, but the food is great.  On a recent night there I had an appetizer and wine in the front cafe, watching the West Village traffic stroll on by as I munched on my first soft shell crab of the season (lightly fried up with pineapple, arugula and a citrusy sauce).  Then I moved into the restaurant (which is separated from the cafe side by a huge bar that teems with those young people I mentioned) and had a ball, sharing champagne, oysters, a juicy Bronte burger (sweet chili sauce is their calling card) with my friend Iris and a crew of, well, young people. Perhaps due to the champagne, I only have pictures the first part of the night.

Soft Shell Crab, with arugula, pineapple, crispies and citrus sauce

Soft Shell Crab, with arugula, pineapple, crispies and citrus sauce

Pan Seared Cod with Leeks, Mushrooms and Red Pepper Sauce

Pan Seared Cod with Leeks, Mushrooms and Red Pepper Sauce

Roast Chicken with Brussel Sprouts, Mashed Potatoes and Red Onion Jam

Roast Chicken with Brussel Sprouts, Mashed Potatoes and Red Onion Jam

Awesome spot for drinks, consistently good food and a great vibe (plus lots of good-looking Australians, due in part to the fact that Kingswood is owned by Australians).

Kingswood: 121 W. 10th St in the W. Village; 212-645-0018.  

Note: The Kingswood people started with Ruby’s, a walk-in closet of a cafe in Nolita serving up delicious salads and panini’s and burgers.  Also, their oatmeal is incredible. I have to recommend it for a casual lunch or brunch if you’re in that hood.

Ruby’s: 219 Mulberry St between Spring and Prince Sts.  Visit rubyscafe.us

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