I made the trip here last night, flying solo.. It's a seafood centered restaurant brought to you by the people from St Anselm. The menu has some raw clams, a whole section devoted to "Conserva" which was tuna, mussels, clams escabeche, a ceviche. Then there are the classic clam dishes like chowder and casino, and raw clams.. Appetizers and plates, all with seafood as the star.. A collar dish, a uni pasta, all caught my eye.
I was firstly shocked that the place was very quiet.. Maybe two other couples were there for the very beginning of my meal.. Towards the end, i was alone until i was joined by friends.
The wine is good, the service is good and the food was lovely as well.. I started with the clams casino and they were mixed with some ham.. Well breaded and crisped on top and the clam was cooked well. Little necks.. Since i was alone and not too hungry, i passed on several dishes that looked really lovely.. the frito misto looked done well, i watched an uni pasta be lovingly made. It looked creamy and since it was one of a few dishes ordered, the chef took his time and care.
I had the fried cod cheeks served in a wine white sauce with beans and some garlic cream in it.. The cheeks were breaded and pan fried. a very good rendition
While I was eating, there were people sitting on a stoop across the street. There was a lot of activity on the block, i counted a cop drive by the restaurant, once every three and half minutes.. There was domestic disturbance and a fight in the middle of the street while i was there.. Police arrived quickly as they were doing laps. There were also police spot lights parked on the corner of 2nd and Havemeyer.
With St Anselm so wildly busy, I can only guess its the block.. I feel like the food here is more successful than Harts and their other restaurant.. Also with the sudden attack of Seamores on every block, it seems seafood centric restaurants are en vogue.. But, maybe I just went on a slow night.. But, I will come back here happily..