With the overwhelming number of restaurants to choose from in NYC, I am very glad I stopped in to dine at Ducks Eatery in East Village. Their alluring preparations of various meats kept us shoveling forkfuls into our mouths until each plate was wiped clean.
Because they are named "Ducks Eatery", we had to order a duck dish. My first choice was the fried duck and waffles, but we were told that they were replacing the waffles with celery root... What?! So we went with the healthy option: smoked duck salad. The dressing was actually a tiny bit nutty, which paired really well with the fall flavors originating from the raspberries and apples. And I could have probably eaten a whole pound of the smoked duck.
The drinks here are both yummy and well priced. I'm normally not a bourbon drinker, but the Duck Buck was the perfect cocktail. The bourbon actually tasted a little bit sweet, and I actually enjoyed the twinge of ginger peaking through every sip. They also have a really great selection of beers on draft. We tried the Avery raspberry sour, which tastes exactly like its description.
In case you are interested in continuing on the healthy route, the okra and shishito pepper dish is the perfect south meets Asia dish. Plus, the cured monkfish are addictive, salty slices that I really wish there were more of.
The red beans and rice was another spectacular marriage of Asian and southern cuisines. It tasted like a combination of chili and Japanese curry so they really knocked it out of the park with those flavors! And to top it off, that rice is was surprisingly well done!
All I can say for the ribs is WOW. I definitely haven't had ribs in St. Louis that tasted like these. These were juicy, perfectly fatty, and oozed that intense smoky flavor you look for in BBQ. Absolutely no sauce needed.
Next time, we are definitely coming back for the chicken wings and goat neck. We saw those dishes as we were leaving, and they got us drooling a bit...
- They only take reservations for parties of four or more, but they do keep space for walk-ins. We went on a Saturday night, right when they opened (5 pm), and there was tons of space available.
- They have outdoor seating, so if the weather is nice out, I would suggest sitting out on their patio, even though it is close to the street.
- Ducks Eatery has a great selection of beers on tap that changes regularly, so if you want to head to a bar with a couple friends, head here next time!