Had I not begun working at my three-month new job near The High Line, I never would have guessed there were so many culinary delights west of Eighth Avenue. I've recently become a fan of Cookshop--quite possibly the best brunch in Manhattan--and now, Tipsy Parson.
I'd been wanting to go to Tipsy for quite a while now. A former co-worker told me about the place over a year ago and since I'd begun working in Chelsea it caught my eye each time I passed it. I finally popped in a couple of weeks ago, for a quick glass of prosecco which ended up being on the house. That cemented my plans for a quick return...
|fried green tomatoes and hush puppies at Tipsy Parson|
Wednesdays are now doubles for me at the restaurant (in addition to Sundays) and because there was not enough coverage for me to break at a decent hour, I decided to split my break in two and take two shorter breaks. My first break was taken at Tipsy Parson.
Having only thirty minutes, I saddled up at the marble-countered bar and perused the menu for some "snacks." I decided upon hush puppies with warm pimento cheese ($8) and fried green tomatoes with tomato vinaigrette ($8). My snacks arrived, before too long and were nice and hot (and pretty-looking too).
I tasted the hush puppies first. They were tender and moist with a pleasing flavor and had just a touch of cornmeal, adding texture. I could hardly put my knife and fork down and had to remind myself that there was another snack yet to be tasted.
I sliced into my first portion of tomato and was pleased just enough to be satisfied; the casing was just as crispy as it should have been, but beyond that: nothing more. But when I dressed the tomatoes with the tomato vinaigrette dressing, that's when they became impressive. The dressing was slightly spicy and acidic, adding good balance to the dish. This dish, I would order again.
Both would have paired nicely with a glass of sparkling, but alas... I was only on break. 'Til next time.