One great reason to stick around town over the summer is the ease of walking into popular restaurants without a reservation. That’s also when we often discover surprise benefits like Recette‘s “Summer Supper.” Diners at Jesse Schenker’s charming West Village boite can choose any snack; any two plates; and any one dessert for a $40, four-course meal, seven days a week from 5:30 to 7pm. A true deal provided by one of NYC’s most talented young chefs.
One can’t-miss dish: grilled cobia with cucumber kimchi, crema chili and mizuna ($15 a la carte). Schenker cures the cobia — a meaty, fisherman’s fish — in smoked kelp, then balances the smoldering flavor with a spicy cucumber kimchi created by his Korean sous chef. The powerful combination stands up to the firm texture of the fish without drowning the subtle essence of the ocean.
After 7pm, diners can enjoy any dish a la carte or dig into Schenker’s generous tasting menus: (five courses for $75; 7 courses for $100; or 10 courses for $150). And on the second Monday of each month, the chef particularly pushes the culinary envelope during his “Mondays with Jesse” dinner series, when he serves an experimental 10-course feast. At just 30 years old, Schenker has been a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef, and one of “30 Under 30″ to watch by Zagat.com and Forbes.com. These accomplishments prove that while the “Summer Dinner” only runs through Labor Day, Recette is worth checking out all year long.
328 W. 12th St.