Narcissa, East Village

Narcissa, Outdoor Garden, East Village

Remember when I visited Narcissa and fell in love with the Carrots Wellington? I’ve been meaning to return to Narcissa and finally went back to Narcissa a few weeks ago for a lunch in the beautiful garden.

On such a warm day, I was surprised that some people still chose to sit inside. The dining room is lovely, and but the garden on its own is a enough of a reason to come here. It’s so colorful and playful, and I imagine it must be hard to get a table here during peak hours. Luckily, we were here at 2pm on a weekday.

Narcissa, Outdoor Garden, East Village

Finally introduced John to the delicious creations by Chef John Fraser. John got the Manchurian cauliflower sandwich ($12), which is basically a sweet and sour cauliflower sandwich with red cabbage sesame slaw. Also comes with a very fresh looking side salad. I didn’t get a chance to taste this, but it looked good.

Manchurian Cauliflower Sandwich, Narcissa

Since we were dining in a garden, I got the secret garden cocktail ($14). Gin, lemonade, cucumber, and dill. Tastes like summertime. A very refreshing and beautiful cocktail that I’ll have to try recreating at home sometime. John went his usual beer route and ordered an IPA.

Secret Garden Cocktail, Narcissa

Narcissa is not a vegetarian restaurant, but the menu is veggie friendly and the meatless dishes are very well executed. Based on how fantastic the gnocchi was last time, I decided on the whole wheat orecchiette ($16). I’m the kind of person that almost always has a pasta craving.

Whole Wheat Orrechiette, Narcissa

The orecchiette was a very enjoyable al dente with good whole wheaty texture. If you’re not a fan of firm pasta, you might want to pass on this one. Orecchiette pasta is the perfect shape to catch the bright broccoli rabe pesto. Every bite has a nice balance of pasta and pesto. There’s tasty roasted garlic, aleppo pepper, and sunflower seeds in here too. Oh man, this place is so good, it’s ridiculous.

Whole Wheat Orrechiette, Narcissa


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    Mitzie Mee
    May 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Yes! I remember Narcissa from your last review! That garden looks so cozy, and the food looks amazing in your photos, especially the pasta dish.

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      May 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Narcissa really is one of the best gems in NYC. I gotta write a list of my top 10 all time favorites before I move away. Eek, not much time left!

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    May 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful photography!😊

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      May 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks so much!!

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