Tried. Tested. Works (mostly).
Yet, deep inside, you’ve always sensed the day would come when someone made it much, much sexier.
Good news: that day is Tuesday.
Say hello to Asta, your new exposed-brick cave of custom woodwork and small plates, soft-opening in four days.
About those plates: they’re brought to you by owner Alex Crabb, a seasoned vet of L’Espalier and Atwood Tavern (mmm... burgers). And whether you like it or not (note: you will), three options present themselves: a three-, five- or eight-course tasting menu. Boom. That’s it.
For you, that could mean bellying up under the starburst lighting at the bar for a light three-courser highlighted by braised chicken thighs with Maine beans, seated beside your ex’s out-of-town friend who you’re merely squiring about the city for an evening (tip: go easy on the beans).
Or you and a half-dozen coworkers could claim some custom-made tables (with slide-out drawers housing the silverware) along the antique-pine bench for an eight-course smorgasbord. Namely: wine, razor clams, artichoke custard and duck breast with pickled peanuts and kale (nothing stimulates interoffice gossip like kale).
But pay attention: they’re open for only four-and-a-half hours, and only Tuesday to Sunday.
Good thing Monday is your sleep day.