The Asian-inflected instincts of chef-owner Zac Pelaccio at this spare, brick-walled duplex of dining rooms are as sharp as ever, but presentation can be precious; prices, high; and portions, model-sized. Thick chips of bacon teeter atop four tiny oysters, each on a spoonful of vivid-green sweet-pea puree; it’s a lovely balance of sweet, savory and salty, but the plate is clean in four bites. Poached lobster in a ginger beurre blanc is also too small (and too good) to share, though the kobe rib eye in chunky coconut chutney is more generously portioned. In the summer, sip a cocktail on the peaceful back deck.
|Venue name:||5 Ninth||Contact:|
5 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–11pm; Sat, Sun 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V|