- Address: 156 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
- Phone: +1 (212) 620-4545
- Prices: $35-$75 per person
- Hours: Monday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm Weekdays; 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Weekends
- Zagat: 22 (21/19)
I love this place. Ever since I stumbled upon it a couple years ago while staying at the former Desmond Tutu Centre, I’ve tried to ensure a visit each time I’m in New York. Whether for breakfast at the weekend, a cocktail after work, or a full-on dinner, I’ve never been disappointed.
Tonight I popped in because on my flight over from London (BA0115) this afternoon I’d thought to myself, “I’d like a Manhattan before bed” and I remembered the stunning selection of amber liquors at the Parson. While primarily a restaurant, it has a very good bar with an impressive selection of small batch brown booze, if that’s your thing.
Tonight I went for a nice little trio: something off their ‘bar bites’ menu, a main dish, and a side. Of course I also had a Manhattan (perfect, on the rocks, made with Four Roses bourbon).
To eat I went for the Deviled Eggs, which were delicious. They’ve mixed a tiny bit of tarragon into the yolks and it makes them taste less like the 1970s throwback I think of them as and more like something delicious you want to stick in your face. I wolfed them down.
For my main dish I chose the chicken with cauliflower and romanesco. I couldn’t remember what romanesco was actually called so I just googled ‘perfect fractal vegetable’ and found it on my first result. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s this:
I’d actually never eaten it before. It was very tasty. Lightly charred and quite smoky and woody in flavour. The chicken itself was a nice, fresh, organic breast, drumstick, and thigh. Crispy skin with a bit of a BBQ/sweet sauce. Not enough to be off-putting, but definitely a sweet sauce.
Finally the side order of baby brussels sprouts was delicious. Like a dessert. They were caramelized and coated in an incredibly sweet but very delicate brown sauce. They were incredible.
I arrived, without a reservation, at 7:30 PM on a Monday night and sat at the bar. However, most every other seat in the house was full and the back room was set up for what looked to be a big party.
If you’re ever over in that part of Manhattan and want some good, home-style (if you’re from a home filled with locally sourced organic produce and meat and which features a very adept chef) cooking, definitely try out the Parson. If nothing else, get a bourbon on the rocks made with a bourbon form some guy’s private still in Green Point.