My dear friend and a fantastic chef, Lloyd Roberts (Grammercy Park Hotel, Nobu Moscow & Budapest, Zuma London), visited New York past September, and while making his culinary rounds of the city, invited me to a dinner at Red Farm, one of the best new restaurants to open this Fall. Not to speculate, but we tasted 85% of the entire menu, and left the restaurant totally engrossed in a food coma (it was painfully delicious!) Below is a portion of the dishes we tasted that fateful night, and even though I won’t go into describing each single one, I will mention some of my favorites.
Thank God Krishna, my best friend Joy was there to help us taste all the spectacular food. Without her generous appetite, I would surely spontaneously combust by the end of the night! Being a food writer/enthusiast is not easy, especially since I love trying numerous dishes to get a better idea of the restaurant’s menu and its kitchen. It is especially hard when I dine out with a chef, and most especially when my chef friend is in cahoots with the restaurant’s GM, Andy Wang (a very generous man!) Overtime for my trainer.
Let’s focus on the restaurant – Red Farm is a new destination from dim sum master chef Joe Ng and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld (Chinatown Brasserie, Shun Lee), backed by Jeffrey Chodorow. Bringing the greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food, the super-charged dim sum are complemented by modern, rustic décor. Recently reviewed by Adam Platt for New York Magazine, it was given a single star and called ‘barnyard Chinese’. Pish posh on the single star and the title! I personally believe the quality, price, and creativity of the dishes deserve two stars. I loved the location, intimate decor, and communal table sharing, even though the noise levels reaches borderline deafening at some moments (I blame it on the group of shrieking women sitting next to us. They were exited by the food, so it’s good thing!) In particular, I was smitten by the little design details such as hanging plans, intricate lightbulbs, and even menus hanging around the dining room. This is right up my alley when I start designing my own restaurant (yes, there is already a plan in action!)
Kumamoto Oysters Meyer Lemon-Yuzu Ice // Jaw droppingly exceptional, and I had just come from having dozens of oysters at Balthazar!
Yuzu-Wasabi Shrimp // Can’t go wrong with shrimp. The seafood here is exceptional.
Spicy Crispy Beef // The crispiest, tastiest beef you will ever try. Period.
Kowloon Filet Mignon Tarts // Adorable AND delicious.
Shu Mai Shooters // Small and packed with flavor. Impressive presentation – great for girlfriends to share.
Pork & Crab Soup Dumplings // No soup dumplings are alike. These are some of the fattiest and chewiest I’ve had in New York.
‘Pac Man’ Shrimp Dumplings // Adorable, again, AND delicious. Super playful plating.
Steamed Lobster Dumplings // Another star of the night. Gorgeous plating, and an exceptional taste.
Grilled Marinated Creekstone Rib Steak, Bok Choy // If you are to order only one thing on the menu, this should be it.
Claypot Chicken, Star Anise and Flatbread // The chicken is very tender and it comes with a great curry sauce.
Soft & Crunchy Vegetable Fried Rice // Very light, yet still packs flavor, and I appreciate it for all the veggies on top (pictured below).
Overall, the food is really spectacular, and is perfect for sharing. Most of it is not heavy, though it is filling. Go with a date, or a small group of friends to enjoy the full experience. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so be sure to ask your server for the best and popular dishes.
The wine of my choice was Cupcake “Red Zinfandel” (North Coast, CA). Absolutely divine. The cocktails my friends shared were also exceptional.
The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, which is usually a pet peeve of mine. However, I can let it go for Red Farm. The food is worth the wait, so pack a thermos of wine, and get in line. Tip: bring a crisp $20 just in case the wait is extra long! Wink, wink…
Best dishes of the night, Steamed Lobster Dumplings (top left) and Grilled Marinated Creekstone Rib Steak (top right).
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