East Village Eats

Food & Drink recommendations straight from the East Village, New York City


Posted on | March 22, 2012 | by Jason Casséus | 2 Comments

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Acme NYCBack in May of last year I wrote about how Acme, one of my favorite Southern food mainstays, had unceremoniously closed (employees were given no notice at all), completely gutted (EVGrieve has coverage) & after lengthy renovations opened as a Nordic (by way of Scandinavia) restaurant.  The team from Bond St. managed to convince Chef Mads Refslund, a founder of Noma to move from Copenhagen & become the executive chef.

Beer at Acme NYCI finally had a chance to eat there a few weeks ago.  It was pretty early on a Wednesday but the place was packed.  Luckily my brother was working that night so we got a seat at the bar.  I’d recommend making reservations.  They’ve kept the doors & signage the same, but the interior has been completely reworked.  If you had been there before, you wouldn’t recognize the place at all.

Country Bread

Our first course.  Thick cut bread topped with roasted pumpkin, Camembert & herbs.  Simple yet effective.

Farmer's Eggs at Acme NYCFarmer’s Eggs
Aged Parmesan, cauliflower & egg foam, topped with chives & served warm in the shell.  I could have literally eaten a dozen of these things.

Duck in a jar
Another really simple dish that packed in loads of flavor.  Shredded roasted duck with pickled vegetables (cabbage, radishes & carrots).  Pretty heavy on the vinegar side, but still really tasty.

Raw Foie Gras & Langoustine
I’m pretty sure that this dish had a fancy name, but I honestly cannot remember.  We were pretty full by this time, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to try raw foie gras.  I have to tip my hat to the chef because this was the best dish of the night.

Beer & Bread Porridge at Acme NYCBeer & Bread Porridge
Guinness soaked Rye bread porridge & salted caramel ice cream

I really enjoyed my meal at Acme & will be coming back.  I didn’t try any of their cocktails, but there’s quite an extensive list.

Acme: 9 Great Jones St at Lafayette St

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2 Responses to “Acme”

  1. New Owners For Acme Bar & Grill : East Village Eats
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    [...] Update (1/22/12):  I still haven’t been yet, but head over to NYC Tastes for a thorough review of Acme. Update (3/22/12): My review here. [...]

  2. East Village loses 2 Southern Food mainstays : East Village Eats
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    [...] Update: Acme is open Update: Acme will be reopening as an upscale farm to table restaurant (link) [...]

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