Friday, July 22, 2011

Urban Eats @ The Collective Restaurant & Bar, NYC

Enter the doors of this new Meatpacking District hot spot and you’ll wonder if the name has anything to do with the décor.

Amid the swank of this cobblestone borough lies a resto furnished with what seems to be a collection of New York City cast-offs; chairs fashioned out of old street lights and signs, subway doors and parking meters seeing new life as lamps and even bathtubs repurposed as lounge seating.

These old, found and discarded items make for a quirky yet somehow fitting way to integrate the best of the city indoors.

Scallops wrapped in bacon
Order a large Walk of Shame punch bowl- perhaps foreshadowing the night ahead- with muddled blackberries, orange and apple slices, light & dark rum and topped with prosecco ($95), and try to decipher some of the wall art with your dinner mates. Can you tell that swarm of butterflies is crafted from old LPs, or that the flock of birds is really a collection of license plates from every state? The lighting might look like robotic jelly fish, but if you look hard enough you’ll realize they’re made of plastic cups, and a few even out of wooden hangers. 

The seared halibut
All this guessing is sure to have you working up an appetite. Start with the Ahi Tuna Bruschetta ($12) and Disco Fries ($10) before you venture off into mains of Build Your Own Cheesy Macaroni Goodness (from $10), Organic Mustard Chicken ($19) and Searched Chatham Cod ($21).

Roast chicken with veggies
You can come back for some PB&J, Nutella and Banana, and Chocolate and Caramel Fudgesicles ($8) after a night of banquette surfing with the young and beautiful at the neighbourhood bars.

The Collective
1 Little West 12th St (at Ninth Ave)
New York, NY 10014

-Daniela DiStefano, Toronto
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