Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
(A couple of weeks ago I took a trip out to New York. I realize this review is a bit delayed, but better late than never, right? )
When I told Heather that I would be coming out to the CDNY area for a couple of days, she offered to plan a blogger meet-up so that I could meet the lovely bloggers of the CDNY area. She chose New World Bistro Bar for the meetup.
Aside from the dim lighting (which really was not all that bad, just a slight inconvenience for food photography) I don’t have anything else negative to say about this restaurant.
The atmosphere was cozy, with brick walls and small spaces. However, even with small spaces, they were able to accommodate the 14 of us with little problem. It didn’t feel like they squished us into a corner, or hid us in a normally unused area.
The waiter was amazing. Maybe the best waiter that I’ve ever had at a restaurant. He was very attentive to detail, fun, and obviously knew the menu well. With a few people in the group with food allergies, he went above and beyond to make sure that the food was prepared correctly.
Dinner started with a delicious roll and olive oil. I probably could have eaten more than one of these – because I love bread – but it was probably for the better that we only got one roll each, more room for other delicious foods!
To start, I ordered an arugula salad with local pears, toasted almonds, manchengo cheese and a truffle vinaigrette dressing. It was SO delicious. Truffle vinaigrette and manchengo cheese are new to me, but both were very good. I definitely could have eaten this as my whole meal, pears are one of my favorite foods that I don’t eat that often.
For dinner, I ordered the New World Pizza – tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and romano cheese. OMG, so good. The crust was crispy and thin and the pizza was the perfect thing to pair with my delicious salad. I ended up eating half of it and saving the rest to eat for lunch the next day. It wasn’t as crispy heated up in the microwave, but it still tasted really good.
Now that I think of it, pear and arugula pizza is one of my favorites, and I think that is why I loved this meal so much! The ingredients were all very fresh tasting and perfectly prepared.
Another thing I loved about New World Bistro Bar is the attention to local, and seasonal items. The front page of their website describes their focus well:
Many of our ingredients are regional, organic and sustainable and that list keeps growing! We use fresh local tomatoes in summer, dried in winter, fresh corn in summer, polenta in winter… Simple stuff, right? We can all live better if we begin to expect restaurants to make great meals without encouraging chemists to invent indestructible foods.
The company was great, the food was delicious, and the service was amazing – all of this, and it was a table of 14 that they were serving!
Taste: A+, really great food – and flavors that I’ve never had before!
Cost: A, considering the quality of the food, it was not badly priced at all.
Would I go there again? I would love to! Anyone have a private jet that they can fly my out to New York a couple times a month…… ;)
Thank you Heather for planning this delicious gathering! I’m jealous of all of you CDNYers I met that can go back soon!!