Fifty is a formidable newcomer that has not lost a beat in keeping one of the neighborhood’s most beloved dining rooms as alive and popular as ever. Even the location conjures up feelings of nostalgia—caddy corner from the Cherry Lane Theater along an iconic West Village alleyway. From inside the long, narrow room, furnished with comfortable banquettes and bistro tables, large windows frame the quaint little street. The menu may be New American at heart, but Latin notes ensure that the delicious cooking continues to surprise. The chef’s vision is clear in a crudo featuring pristine scallops with uni, coconut milk, shiso, and more. Complex flavors abound in goat ribs braised with tomatoes, and set atop farro porridge, avocado, and plantains.
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