The West Village has easily become my favorite spot for brunch. The options seem endless when strolling down W. 4th Street. After glancing over a few menus, my friend Rachel and I were drawn into Tartine, a small spot on the corner of W. 4th and 11th. We stared at the food and knew that we had found our spot.
Only one waiter was working the entire restaurant, making it seem a bit disorganized. We were seated rather quickly in the back corner, tucked away from the chaos.
The restaurant’s nautical decor fit in with the relaxed, low key feel. This was definitely not high end dining, but the food seemed to be a reason to come back. Every dish whizzing past us looked better then the last.
After being seated, I noticed the chalk sign reading “BYOB until 4pm.” I wish I had known! The nearest liquor store was a few blocks away, so we decided to make a mental note for the next time. All the dishes on the menu are $15.50, with complimentary coffee and OJ. The OJ made perfect sense upon realizing that it was BYOB; make your own mimosas. Too cute.
We both decided to order the Corned Beef Hash after drooling over the dish on everyone else’s table.
This dish was complex and rich on so many different levels. The presentation itself made me smile with glee. I love anytime your dish is served in the platter in which it was cooked. This way you know all of the flavors accumulated at the bottom of the dish while cooking will make its way into your mouth. We were warned about its hot outside confirming that this dish came right out of the oven.
The crispy top of the hash, created that essential crunch and first layer. Digging my fork in further, the steam came rushing out, making way for the corned beef and soft potatoes. This in itself was delicious and could have been completely enjoyed on its own.
The Sriracha Hollandaise elevated this dish to one of the best hashes around. Rachel loves hot sauce, and didn’t even feel the need to request more with the hollandaise giving that essential heat to the dish. The yolk of the poached eggs oozed onto the potatoes and corned beef, giving an addition rich element to the hash.
Even as I wanted to curl over, completely full, but I couldn’t stop eating. Everything about this dish was unique and delicious. Tartine took a typical dish and made it special. Now that’s a culinary gift.
I can’t wait to come back, bottle of cheap champagne in hand, to enjoy delicious food and the rare BYOB opportunity. And be sure to come with a thick wallet, because Tartine is CASH ONLY.
Tartine – 235 W. 11th Street – New York, NY
Location: West Village, NY
Perfect For: Chronic Brunch, BYOB, Neighborhood Hang, Cheap Eats
Reservations: Not Accepted
Favorite Dishes: Corned Beef Hash
Notes: Cash Only, Pick up Liquor Ahead (No Stores in the Area)