The Little Beet Table

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So, I eat plenty of “fun” food, aka, junk. And, that’s totally fine (according to me), because I balance it out with healthy foods. The Little Beet Table recently opened up in Flatiron, focusing on gluten free, wholesome cooking and healthy eating, so, I had to check it out.

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The wooden clad, minimal aesthetic is warm and sleek, and everything on the menu looked great. Nothing says kicking off a healthy meal like a cocktail, right? Whatever. I ordered the Campana (milagro tequila, jalapeño, sriacha, cointreau). I really liked this one, it starts off a little sweet, but you get the kick from the jalapeño right away. It has a great balance, not too sweet and not too spicy, but will warm you up for sure.

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Then, to start, I had the Vegetable Crudite (mint raita and roasted red pepper hummus). I shared this starter, but it’s not a bountiful dish, so, it could totally work as a solo appetizer too. However, it’s full of flavor, and the colorful veggies and delicious dips make it a really satisfying starter without ruining your appetite for the rest of the meal.  

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For my entree, I ordered the Slow Cooked Salmon (avocado caponata, pistachio and black olive oil). I loved this. The salmon was perfectly cooked, and the slow technique really keeps all of the juice in, leaving you with a very flavorful and tender piece of fish. The salmon sits atop the avocado caponata, with chopped eggplant and veggies, somewhat similar to a ratatouille. The flavors are savory, and the dish is light, but substantial at the same time. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Little Beat Table 
Location: 333 Park Avenue South, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The cocktail was awesome, the food was delicious, and the service was great.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. In a city where you can get lost in a sea of “fun foods”, it’s nice to have somewhere to get a delicious, and healthy, meal.

General Assembly

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Sad news, I just recently read that General Assembly, in Flatiron, would be closing after just a short six months of being open. Well, there are always some reasons why places close up shop so soon, but I will say, it certainly wasn’t because of the food or service, which were both amazing. 

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Since it won’t be open too much longer, I’ll save the details of the image and get straight to what I ate. First, you’re served a skillet with an olive oil and salt brushed fresh bread. It’s beyond delicious, warm, light and doughy and slightly crisp on the top from the oven. 

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Next, as an appetizer, we had their Crudite and Dips: Smoked Tomato-White Bean, Housemade Ricotta-Local Honey-Chili Oil, Red Quinoa, Fava and Avocado (Served with seasonal vegetables and freshly grilled flatbread). These were a really great starter, and more than enough for a group of four to share. Each dip is different and dynamic. The Smoked Tomato-White Bean had a great flavor, almost like sun dried tomato, and texture, like a guac consistency. Which, is really what the Fava and Avocado reminded me of. The Ricotta was really interesting, maybe my least favorite of the group, it was thick and rich, but when paired with the flatbread (which actually tasted like matzoh to me), was a nice combination. I really liked the Red Quinoa, which really wasn’t much of a dip, so much as a tapioca consistency. It was a little sweet, with golden raisins, and went really well with the flatbread as well. 

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I also ordered a side of their Charred Broccoli. This was incredible, I could probably eat this everyday and not get tired of it. The florets of the broccoli are charred, but don’t have any sort of burnt taste, just a lightness of crunch and crispness. They have peppers mixed in, and a sauce at the bottom that’s savory and delicious. 

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Then, for my entree, I ordered the Grilled Branzino (Summer Squashes, Eggplant). Another amazing dish. The fish was light and tender, and served in the perfectly generous portion. The vegetables complimented the dish very nicely, fresh, flavorful and delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: General Assembly
Location: 360 Park Ave South, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If it weren’t closing, for sure. Tear. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Now, I’m not 100% sure when the doors will finally be closing, but, if you can beat the clock and make it there, you won’t regret it.