Wining & dining at Denizen
Dinner at Denizen has been on my to-do list for quite some time, but in a random turn of events...I ended up here for brunch instead. I can't say i was disappointed, but I will say I'm definitely still coming back for dinner.
Self-described as a restaurant focused on the 'confluence between food and wine', Denizen curates an incredible set of unique organic & biodynamic wines to pair with its delicious seasonal fare. While they're categorized as 'New American' their dishes draw inspiration from all over the world, culminating in a beautiful but very distinct culinary experience.
Even if you're not a connoisseur of wine, so long as you enjoy drinking it you're good to go here. Their bartenders are friendly & knowledgeable and will almost certainly be able to find something to suit your fancy. I ended up with a delicious glass of orange grechetto (think refreshing, light sour beer) that paired beautifully with the fresh radishes.
For mains, we split the smoked trout and savory bread pudding dishes - both of which I would highly recommend.
Everything about the smoked trout dish from the flavors to the plating feels very reminiscent of Scandinavia. The trout on its own is incredible, but pairing it with the mustard aioli, egg salad or pickled onions (or all three at once) brings an entirely new dimension to the dish.
Meanwhile, the bread pudding evokes memories of a rich, French poutine. The oxtail and cheese-sauce combine to make it a decidedly decadent experience.
If you're looking for a little something extra (thought you probably won't need it) - get the side of pork belly. It comes with a maple glaze and is one of my all-time favorite salty & sweet combos.
And if you're not convinced by this point - the restaurant itself is such a delight. It's a modern yet cozy space filled with vases of fresh flowers & creeping greenery. Black paneled windows flood the space with sunlight on nice days - so whenever spring finally gets to New York (...) this place should definitely be on your hit list.