54 Carmine St., corner of Bedford St.
New York, New York
Boasting urban farmhouse appeal in the less commercial reaches of Greenwich Village, Market Table churns out abundant seasonal goodness. Pale-shaded wood, black and white mosaic tiles and an all glass perimeter play on the light and old Village charm to make this place cozy on the inside and inviting for pedestrians on the outside.
Quintessential freshness and artful presentations are the main features of Market Place’s main appeal. Oh, and the fact that they make a phenomenal burger! Market Table’s chunky, juicy beef patties are grilled to perfection and placed inside in a fennel, rosemary sourdough roll lined with sharp cheddar, pickles and caramellized onions (these can also be requested on the side). The burger is flanked by a generous spread of thick salty, jalapeno-seasoned frites that are tantalizingly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. All for $15. The only peccadillo is that the frites were slightly over-salted.
The only potential down side on the brunch side of things is that if you seek boldness in flavors, Market Table will underwhelm you, as the food is decidedly underseasoned. This was particularly the case for the beet salad. While fresh and pleasing to the eye, it was largely flavorless, in spite of the bed of horseradish cream. The turkey club was a similar experience. The skewered 2″ wheat toast triangles were bursting with juicy slices of virtuous turkey, avocado, tomatoes and sprouts and screamed unmistakable freshness. But somehow, it was just missing that umph that could have been bestowed upon it by the use of an herb mayonnaise or a chipotle sauce.
Dessert-wise the grammy apple cake coupled with rum raisin gelato is an excellent choice. The cake is served warm and the gelato compliments the cakes autumnal cinnamon flavors beautifully.
Service is great. Prices are in step with the food quality, location and for a restaurant of its range. Brunch items graze below the $20 range, entrees between $25-35. Features bar area for table waits and meeting up with people.