Friends gathered for celebratory meal honoring emerging playwright Leigh Flayton after the reading of her play, “The Generator,” at Cherry Lane Theatre.
Kelli, Marissa, Melanie
It was, for Leigh, one of those events that brings friends from all parts and times of your life together in one room. A little weird, a little nerve-wracking, a lot wonderful.
The play was a rousing success; there was sustained applause. And it was real, not just friends being nice.
What’s next only time, and Leigh’s determination, will tell.
The second best part about the evening was the restaurant. We had called ahead and let the know we’d be a big party at the bar, but we hadn’t made dinner reservations. They accommodated us with a long banquette agains the far wall, and were patient and efficient with our large table.
And the food was fabulous.
Burrata with peas, fava and spring vegetables. Fresh, sweet and creamy:
Fried oysters with remoulade. I did not taste but they looked fabulous.
Early spring vegetable fricassee with truffle and poached egg. (My dish!) Sensational. Each vegetable cooked to perfection, lovely sauce.
Whole roast chicken for two with potato puree and spring vegetables. I got to take the leftovers home from this and boy was I lucky.
A ragu of odd things: oxtail, trotters and tripe, with homemade pasta. I didn’t taste either, but it was reported to be rich and wonderful.
The 411 on Commerce: 50 Commerce St., West Village. 212-524-2301, commercerestaurant.com.