When my friend Leah came into the city for a quick visit we went to the Chelsea Market to do a little bit of shopping and we decided to eat at the restaurant The Green Table for dinner. This restaurant is all about sustainable dining — all of the food used is not only seasonable but it also produced only a days drive (or less) away from New York City. I love this concept of cooking although it would be interesting to see a restaurant have this concept for literally every ingredient, including sugar and coffee and wine (although that would be very difficult to do).
Since the food used for every plate is in season, the restaurant changes their menu often. I had eaten here this past summer and had a completely different experience. Leah and I ordered a bowl of the Pumpkin Soup to start. It was more like a bisque, nice and thick and creamy and we spent most of our time guessing which spices were used. A little bit of cumin? Nutmeg? What else do you think was in it? I will reveal the ingredients in a post next week — but I would love to hear first what everyone else puts into their pumpkin soup. This is my first experience eating pumpkin soup and I enjoyed every sip.
We also got a side of the goat cheese mac and cheese. This was unbelievable! It was much less rich than I expected it to be, which is a good thing because I loved how flavorful and obvious the goat cheese was in this dish. And i loved the extra toasted bread crumbs and crunch on the top of the noodles.
We unfortunately did not enjoy our main course, which was a gnocchi. It was so salty and unbearable — the waiter was so kind, he took the plate off of our bill. It was so surprising for the plate to be too salty because I have never had a bad experience here. Just because I had one disappointing plate doesn’t mean I won’t return. I love the vibe of the restaurant, and overall the food. Plus, I will always support my favorite market in all of Manhattan.