I stopped in last week with a friend for a preview and got to try out the anniversary cocktail “Hex in the City,” a Cosmopolitan-like concoction with a tiny kick because it features pepper and chocolate vodkas and an ancho chili rim (hex = six, get it?). It’s milder than you’d think and quite refreshing. I also tested pastry chef Tony Galzin’s “Apple-y Anniversary” dessert, a plate of apple fritters served with Cruze Farm buttermilk caramel and coffee-cardamom ice cream. Coffee ice cream isn’t my thing, but those apple fritters were delicious. I dragged them through a few dollops of crème fraiche, too. The dessert is specially-priced at $6 and worth every penny.
I didn’t get a chance to stay for dinner, which is a shame, because I’ve heard the food is fantastic. I hate to admit, but I’ve never been. We tried to go once, but it was a Monday night (when the restaurant is closed). So this week’s “Six Dinner Giveaway” is the perfect time to remedy that. Every night this week (through this Saturday, Nov. 3), diners can enter the giveaway by writing their contact information on the back of their receipt and leaving it for a drawing for a free meal during a return visit. One winner will be chosen from each dinner service Tuesday through Friday, and two will be chosen Saturday.
My suggestion? Stop in for happy hour, get a couple of discounted drinks in the lounge and then head over to the dining room and dig into the toasted farro. Happy hour runs each night, Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. (I don't know about you, but I appreciate drink specials that extend beyond 6:30). Dinner is served in the dining room starting at 5 p.m. The restaurant is located at 718 Division St. (next to Frugal McDoogal) and is closed Sundays and Mondays.