The Fat Radish is a cool spot with a diversified, fresh menu. It’s local and organic with a variety of interesting dishes for all kinds of eaters. They also have a nice wine/beer list making this a nice spot for a girls’ night out or a date. Located off the beaten path on Orchard in the heart of the LES, it is one of those places that makes you feel like you have found a secret place that no one else knows about. So if you’re looking for a cool, vegetarian-friendly spot with fresh produce and heavy flavors, this is your place.
Deviled Brussels Sprouts: These were interesting. They were brussels sprouts wrapped in bacon, and while they tasted good because everything wrapped in bacon is good, I’m not sure how successful these really were. They were emulating the bacon wrapped figs you can find at most tapas bars, but lacked the salty/sweet combination and the texture that makes the bacon/fig combination successful. Brussels sprouts are just a little too bulky for this kind of thing.
Beet Crumble: Almost more like a dessert than a dinner, this comes baked in a bread loaf pan and is filled with warm beets and topped with a goat cheese, aged cheddar, hazelnut and oat crumble. This is my favorite thing I’ve tried from the menu thus far and what I love about it, is it’s unlike anything I’ve had anywhere else. I like beets, though they aren’t normally my favorite, and in this context, I just can’t get enough. The contrast of savory and sweet here makes for a really nice dish.
Celery Root Pot Pie (with garlic and gruyere): I had this on my first visit to The Fat Radish, before I had started writing the blog, and I remember finding this dish dry and underwhelming. Though an interesting concept and a great presentation, I recall making a mental note, that while I liked it, I would probably never get it again.
Winter Squash Risotto: This came topped with a scoop of spiced mascarpone and pecans. While I did enjoy this dish, I felt that the mascarpone scoop was too heavy-handed and ultimately overpowered the dish with its flavor. It also wasn’t covered in enough pecans, which I thought added a nice textural crunch when found in a specific bite. It was good, but it was a large portion for risotto and just too rich. My friend and I who were splitting the dish couldn’t even finish it. We were just too full.
The Fat Radish Plate: This is a beautiful plate of vegetables and is 100% vegan. It’s a dish like this that I think makes The Fat Radish such a great spot. They use really delicious local and organic produce, and offer up vegetarian and vegan options that vegetarians and vegans actually want to eat. The watermelon radishes were a really nice visual touch and even tasted good! I don’t usually care for radishes, but these I liked.
Peeky Toe Crab Gratin: Leeks, aged white cheddar and sherry.
Monkfish Vindaloo: I also had this the first time I visited and I remember it being nice. The yogurt was cooling to the spicy vindaloo and the fish was cooked right; however, I do remember feeling a bit overwhelmed and overpowered by the dish.
Roasted and Fried Brussels Sprouts: These were great, standard roasted/fried brussels sprouts.
The Fat Radish: 17 Orchard Street New York, NY ($$$)