On a recent sweltering night I joined someone who is actually qualified to give feedback on a new menu and did my part by documenting it. Not everyone likes to take pictures of their food.
Read Daniel B.'s post here. I am grateful to be invited--THANK YOU!
Remember that Creo isn't tucked away on an adorable side street of rowhouses or shops - it's in Stuyvesant Plaza but it's unconnected, so it's floating in between the road and the massive parking lot. I don't think they have outdoor seating...but who would want to be hanging in the parking lot anyway? What it lacks in the outside it makes up for inside. It's super funky with tons of pendant lights, mirrors, crazy high ceiling, and copper colored tabletops.
Watermelon, watercress, feta, jicama, pepita, citrus. This was my FAVORITE DISH! What could possibly go wrong? The watercress was kind of wild and and curlier than usual and I loved it. The chef said it wasn't a big seller. Things That Make Me Sad.
Diver scallop and cauliflower puree. Loved the puree. Hmm piece of thing from the ocean sitting on puree of a vegetable. Where have I seen this? I liked it though. My scallop was seared a little more perfectly crust-wise than the Profussor's.
Berry explosion with cake. The homemade ice cream was my favorite part. I thought the cake was kind of a snooze. What if it were a waffle? That would be fun.
I really enjoyed my first meal at Creo over a year ago, and I'd definitely go back and get some of the summer dishes I've now had the pleasure of trying. Like the watermelon/watercress salad, but in extra-large size.
It is disheartening to hear directly from chef Brian Bowden about the politics of changing a menu. I think that's why I like small places with ever-changing menus on a chalkboard. I want what's fresh and best NOW, and if my favorite thing isn't on the menu that week, that's probably a good thing, because it's not what it could be.