First Look: Villanelle Brings Market-Focused Fare to Greenwich Village

A Degustation veteran chef returns
March 6, 2017
by Abigail Abesamis

Photos by Michael Tulipan

The gist: First-time restaurant owners Catherine Manning and Andy Amer have teamed up with Degustation and Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar veteran chef Nick Licata to launch Villanelle, a New American restaurant that is now open in Greenwich Village. The name alludes to the tradition of sung poetry in Naples dating back to the 16th century and this theme of folk tradition is reflected in the food and beverage offerings, as well as the decor.

The food: The market-driven New American menu spotlights ingredients sourced from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket. Highlights include slow-poached Arctic char with dill, sorrel and caramelized cream, braised then fried octopus with potatoes and tarragon, and for dessert butter-braised parsnip – yes, parsnip – served with white chocolate and crispy parsnip skin (pictured above). Check out the full menu below.

"The Wasteland"

The drinks: The beverage program overseen by James Shields (previously at Betony and Jean Georges) includes wine, craft beer and creative cocktails with whimsical names like “Star Splitter” (rum, matcha horchata, fernet) and “Oh! Sweet Spontaneous” (vodka, strawberry rhubarb, Lillet Rose).

The space: Country accents like teak barstools and gray-washed pine walls amid sleek, modern surrounds lend a warm vibe to the sophisticated space designed by Wid Chapman Architects. A marble top bar links the two dining rooms, and an intricate, nature-themed panorama by Ysabel LeMay is a striking addition to an otherwise neutral space.

The details: 15 E. 12th Street; 212-989-2474; Open Monday to Thursday 6 PM–11 PM, Friday & Saturday 6 PM–12 AM, closed Sunday.

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