Speaking of Church & State, the French bistro's original chef, Greg Bernhardt, is now the consulting chef helping to kick-start The Kitchen Table, the long gestating Downtown restaurant that shares the block with Pete's and Baco Mercat. Kitchen Table, from owner Ray Jaghori, who runs the market across the street, cracked its doors open last Monday in a charming two-story building with an even more enchanting al fresco patio that serves as the second floor's rooftop dining room. So, what's to eat here?
The simple, short menu, executed by Fernando Darin, formerly with The Foundry and .ink, features American bistro cooking informed by this Brazilian chef's heritage and based on western European and national influences, resulting in a well-edited selection of changing a la carte dishes like pork cheeks with piquillo peppers, polenta, and pickled onions, meat and cheese boards, simple fish with sunchokes, artichokes, and lemon, $29 ribeye with smashed fries, shrooms, and chard onion sauce, and pork belly served with yucca and black beans.
In addition, a $48 per person prix fixe is always available and a list of ten-dollar cocktails follows similar suit as the menu, stripped-down to classics like its margarita, Pimm's cup, and French 75, as well as one named "Sussudio," which guarantees you'll be singing Phil Collins ad nauseum just from reading the name.
Kitchen Table is currently open each night at 6:00 P.M. See the current menu online and make reservations at 213-617-3000.
The Kitchen Table, 410 S. Main St. Downtown. 213-617-3000.