TYPE: Asian-influenced Italian
VIBE: Supper club(by)
OCCASION: Lounging on the LES
GO WITH: A table service crowd
DON’T MISS DISH: Butternut Squash and Asiago Cheese Ravioli
DON’T BOTHER DISH: Sweet & sour tuna with berry puree
HOURS: Dinner, Tuesday – Sat., 5 PM-11:30 PM, Sunday, 11 AM-4 PM. Open every night for cocktails and bottle service until 4 AM.
doesn’t get started until after dinner.
The Lower East Side’s latest lounge hopes to be a one-stop shop for all things nightlife: food, drinks, DJ, & dancing under one roof. Rewind’s refreshingly un-velvet rope attitude beckons a clubby crowd into a dimly lit urban angst-free zone. This minimalist chic supper club – a narrow, brick-lined space pours out into a back of the house DJ-centric lounge – that takes nothing too seriously, a welcome relief, except when it comes to food.
Drawing on his own multi-ethnic background,
co-owner Joe Torres rushes into a haphazard marriage of Italian &
Asian cuisine, often delivering a sensory overload of flavors,
seasonings and ingredients. Thankfully, the evening began with simpler
and slightly more successful kitchen achievements. The tender grilled
calamari arrived pleasantly doused in a simultaneously sweet &
spicy pineapple chili sauce. I admired a tasty grilled shrimp cake on
its own merit, but perched on a bacon-heavy potato rosti, it became all
but eclipsed by the overpowering smoky bacon chunks.
I moved out of the safety of the appetizers to
a more treacherous warring flavor zone amidst a team of entrees. I had
such high hopes for the cuttlefish carbonara, an ingenuiously
carb-conscious substitute for pasta, if only it hadn’t been for a
poorly matched cream-burdened carbonara sauce with an oddly scrambled
egg crown (might I be so bold as to suggest a garlicky tomato sauce
makeover). And there were just too many flavors duking it out in the
sweet & sour tuna with berry puree, pickled onions, and sesame egg
noodles. But the squash ravioli shined – savory and supple pockets of
squash and asiago were sharply drizzled in a thick balsamic vinegar,
then topped off with crispy sage trimmings.
The music began pumping just in time for
dessert – I was partial to a silky pot of luscious and subtly earthy
green tea creme brulee. Ask for a side of the luscious macadamia nut
gelato, order a bottle, and ease into the lounge scene.
Until we eat again,