Last month, my husband and I visited shorty’s .32, which has been on the list for over a year. Shorty’s .32 and its 32 seats are located in a space on Prince Street that has not been kind to its predecessors, Soho Cantina and Goblin Market (both of which I enjoyed). I am glad to see that Josh Eden (the Shorty, who was greeting guests the night that we visited) has been able to keep his restaurant going strong since it opened in late 2007. And I can see why given the restaurant’s selection of comforting food at reasonable prices.
We started with two of the restaurants specialty cocktails – the Stargarita (Campari, tequila, triple sec) and the Rumbullion (lime, white rum, soda, grapefruit juice) both of which were quite good. On the topic of drinks, the restaurant’s list of wines available by the glass was rather weak, but that’s a mild complaint.
To start, we split the Crispy Crabsticks with Basil Remoulade, which were delicious, all the more so for recalling that favorite childhood treat, fishsticks. My husband had The Burger (8oz. Grilled, Homemade Pickles and French Fries). I had the Roast Chicken, Chilled Green Bean Salad, Mashed Potatoes and Fried Garlic. I had read rave reviews of the chicken so my expectations were very high. While the chicken was very good, it was not as good as the chicken at Commerce (which is the gold standard in my opinion). Oddly enough, the green bean salad was the highlight of my meal. We shared a side of macaroni and cheese, which we really did not need. The details surrounding the macaroni and cheese (frankly, the whole meal) are a little fuzzy (shame on me for not writing this post sooner), but I do recall that we cleaned our plates, and that’s all you really need to know.
A few other notes – shorty’s .32 does not take reservations. We arrived at 7:30 (the magic hour) on a Saturday night and the restaurant was relatively empty, but when we left the place was buzzing and had a wait. I was uninspired by the desserts so we took a pass. shorty’s .32 offers reliable fare at sensible prices…a restaurant ahead of its time when it opened in late 2007, but poised perfectly to weather the storm.