My husband and I went to Peasant last month before a show (Blitzen Trapper) at Bowery Ballroom. I’d heard universally good things about Peasant and was excited to try it out. The trip to Soho was traumatic and included our subway train stalling underground for a full 15 minutes. We arrived at Peasant late and the hostess couldn’t find our reservation. Our reservation was located on a hard copy printout of the night’s reservations, but we were not in the computer system so there was no table available immediately. We were in a rush to get to the show so the manager offered to accommodate us downstairs in the less-formal wine bar, which is reserved for walk-ins. The downstairs menu does not include pasta, but we were allowed to order from the upstairs menu. To further make amends, we were given two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, which were most welcome and appreciated.
We were squeezed in to a communal table, I wasn’t armed with a camera and we were rushed so this is my first take on Peasant, which I hope to elaborate on if/when we return for the full experience. The fact that I want to return should tell you everything you need to know – Peasant was very pleasant.
Dinner started with the divine house bread, which was crusty and airy, served with fresh ricotta so good that it made my husband reconsider his dislike of ricotta. Testing the bounds of how much cheese we could consume in one sitting, we moved on to a lovely appetizer of burrata, that most divine Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream (I just learned). After depleting our flutes, we ordered a half carafe from the lengthy list of wines available by the glass (I am interested to know if the same list is available upstairs). I don’t recall which wine we ordered, but it was affordable ($20/half carafe) and good.
For our main courses, we ordered pizza and pasta. The peperoncini and soppressata pizza was remarkably unremarkable – note to self for next visit: avoid pizza. On a much brighter note, the pasta was delicious, buy I didn’t snag a menu on my way out and I wasn’t taking notes (bad blogger!) so I have to rely on my memory to conjure the dish. We had orcchiette with sausage and some sort of winter green. Whatever is was, it was yummy. Dessert – a chocolate cake of some sort, was fine – but uninspired. All in all, this meal provided and great introduction to Peasant, and I look forward to returning!
One last tidbit. When I was researching Peasant, I came across a charming account of the restaurant on Yelp from a gentleman named nate r. This comment made me chuckle – I hope it does the same for you. “A quick report on the demographics of the place: I counted exactly zero peasants dining, serving or cooking here. Frankly, none visible on the block. forgot to check out back, where it’s quite possible they were tilling the fields and tending the herds under the reign of the feudal lord of Nolita.”