Lunch for One: Greenwich Grill
Greenwich Grill shares a space with Sushi Azabu in Tribeca, and the lunch deal offered at this otherwise pricey restaurant is an excellent value. The prix fixe menu starts at $12, including an appetizer, pasta, and dessert. And for $18, you can replace pastas with entrees—including grilled rib eye, and Norwegian salmon, though I prefer the pasta dishes.
Lunch begins with warm slices of Sullivan Street Bakery's pizza bianca, balsamic and olive oil. For your appetizer, choose between the House Salad, Pea and Bacon Soup, or Fish Carpaccio. Go with the Carpaccio—the quality of fish is excellent, as it should be, given that this same kitchen that turns out the sushi and sashimi from Sushi Azabu. The carpaccio changes daily; at my lunch it was fluke thinly sliced over a dainty bed of greens, finished with a ginger-soy vinaigrette and lightly toasted black and white sesame seeds.
There are four pasta dishes to choose from; all fall under the $12 prix fixe, with the exception of the uni pasta, which is $3 extra. If you're an uni fan, go for it. $3 is little more to pay for a dish of fedelini tossed with olive oil and minced garlic, tender uni tucked between a tangle of noodles and the shells of littleneck clams. It may not be comparable to uni dishes at Marea or Esca—but at this price, with this much food, it's quite a deal. Non-uni fans should head in the direction of a Mixed Mushroom Risotto, with a trio of mushrooms— portobello, white, and porcini. Garlic is a powerful element of this dish, as it was with the Uni & Clam Fedelini.
On my agenda for my next visit? An intriguing Thai Green Curry Fettucine.
There is only one dessert option, which rotates daily. A recent visit brought a silky, pudding-like panna cotta topped with pureed strawberry sauce. It's the least memorable component of the meal, though a clean and simple finish. All this for $12? I'll be returning often.