MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
The crowds are clamoring for a table at this East Village charmer, and for good reason: Kingsley’s splurge-worthy cuisine is sophisticated, surprising and delicious. And the cozy space makes for a rare oasis amid the neighborhood’s raucous dining scene. Featuring an interesting juxtaposition of flavors and textures while being reminiscent of classic fare, dinner here might begin with a ridiculously fresh summer bean salad starring cranberries, rattlesnake and Romano beans paired with bacon marmalade, crème fraîche and sautéed spicy greens. Razor clams, grilled ramps, fiddlehead ferns and earthy-sweet snails present a medley of interesting spring flavors, while hearty appetites will appreciate the Gloucester Spot pork with a swipe of creamy polenta.