Boston's Todd English hasn't had the best of luck opening restaurants in New York, with many of his projects shuttering their doors before the new car scent has even gone away. His newest shot at casual New York eats is CrossBar, in the Limelight, a church that's been converted into a mixed-use space.
The decor is all goth, with cross-shaped iron tables, spitted pigs rotating in front of live fires, deep red and black decor, a wine list divided into "New Testament" and "Old Testament," and plenty of mildly menacing metal doohickeys around the walls. It's hard to place whether it's trendy, or just plain weird. The menu, on the other hand, falls firmly into the former category, with a gastropub feel and a snout-to-tail approach to pork.
We checked out a number of the menu items a couple of weeks after opening. As far as execution goes, let's just say it was still finding its legs, and the prices bear some balking. But many dishes on the menu have the potential of turning into awesomely tasty bar snacks. Here's a look at some of what to expect.