APT 13

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New to Alphabet City, is APT 13. I went for dinner and had a really great experience.

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Now, of course there are tables, but, I actually recommend sitting at the bar. At one end, there’s a raw oyster bar, and scattered throughout you’ll find romantically wax-drip coated bottles.

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The menu sounded great, and I couldn’t just decide on one thing. So, I got two starters that stood out to me instead. The first thing that I ordered was Hamachi Crudo, smoked tomato ponzu, yuzu kosho, garlic chips and peppercress. The Hamachi fish itself was delicate, but the sauce added some great acidity with a hint of spice. The tiny garlic chips also gave it some nice contrast to texture and flavor.

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The next thing I ordered was a Roasted Heirloom Squash and Ricotta Salad, sage-pepita pesto, sheep’s milk ricotta, chicory and red shiso. The leaves were in shreds, which made it really easy to eat when incorporating with the other components. The squash had a subtly sweet flavor, and combined with the mild and slight saltiness of the ricotta and nutty and herbiness (pretend that’s a word) of the pesto, it really made for a nice combination.

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Your check will be served to you in book. A real book. You know, in case you want to get in some literature before you leave. 

The Shorts:
Name: APT 13
Location: 115 Avenue C, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. There’s also an upstairs that I noticed, so I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there. Would I recommend it? Enjoy some tasty food, a nice drink, and a good book by candle light. Romantic, huh?

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