Written by: JeanEats – The People’s Critic
Recently I attended an intimate dinner at this charming Mediterranean spot called Melibea; it was nothing short of divine. I was surprised because I walked in not knowing anything about this place and left wanting more.
This hidden gem is located at 2 Bank St. in Manhattan's West Village, and I recommend you try it. Not only were the dishes amazing, the drinks were clever, infused with all types of flavors from mocktails with bell pepper to my favorite drink of the night that came to the table with a rose pedal in it. We sampled almost all of the cocktails on the menu and the ingredients used to create these drinks were present in every sip, kudos to their mixologist!
Hands down, the best thing I tasted there was the Risotto with Duck Confit and Pear. After one bite, I wanted to pick the bowl up and excuse myself from the table so I could be alone with it and savor every last morsel in private, but I digress. Seriously it was so good, I thought about going back the next day just for that, the flavor had so much depth; it was very rich and memorable. Another standout and the best drink to me, was called Lady of the Evening. It comes to the table very sexy consisting of Blanco Tequila, Combier Rose, Hibiscus and Lemon with the rose pedal I mentioned earlier. I'm not a big drinker but when something is good, you can't just drink one, so I had two. They also served dishes called The Study of Tomato, Foie Gras Terrine, and a dessert called Chocolatissimo, a final expression of Chocolate, which are all worth trying.
There were only two things I didn’t care for and they were part of the dessert menu. The first was called One Thousand and One Nights (Dates, Honey, Saffron, Kataifi Pastryn, Olive Oil Cake and Rose Blossom Ice Cream) which I felt there was too much going on presentation wise and when I tasted it, it was just okay, no wow factor compared to the way it looked. The second dessert was a Lavender Crème Brulee and it wasn’t terrible, I just didn’t like the flavor, maybe the lavender threw me off. It didn't work for me but honestly I’m more of a savory person then sweet. Those two things don’t change the fact that this restaurant should be added to everyone’s to do list.
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