Monument Lane

So glad that I recently discovered Monument Lane, a casual neighborhood restaurant in the West Village. Executive Chef Steve Dustin uses fresh ingredients from local farmers who promote sustainable practices and is always creating new dishes, depending on what’s in season. Fun fact: ML is named after the road, Monument Lane, that existed back in the 1700’s & 1800’s, now known to us as Greenwich Avenue, where the restaurant is located. My dining companion and I sampled a few different alcoholic beverages, starting with a Bronx Brewery Pale Ale, a cask ale made especially for ML and served at room temperature (loved it) and ending with a couple glasses of bourbon and a white rum distilled in Brooklyn called Owney’s. We’re normally not rum fans, but Owney’s was super smooth and tasted great with nothing added to it except a single ice cube. For dinner, we enjoyed a variety of tasty dishes: honeycrisp apple salad with smoked trout mousse (amazing), corn risotto with bacon and mascarpone (our favorite dish of the night), crispy pork salad (my first time eating pig ear — it was delicious!), and the grilled half chicken and pan-roasted hake (both were incredibly fresh and flavorful). A big thank you to Morgan, the AGM, for all of his awesome recommendations and introducing us to Owney’s! Can’t wait to meet Chef Steve Dustin next time. :)

Monument Lane: 103 Greenwich Ave (between West 12th and Jane Street)

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Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (primed with caraway and crystal hops for Monument Lane)

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Honeycrisp apples, watercress, smoked trout mousse, pink peppercorn, shallots, and pecan vinaigrette

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New Jersey Corn Risotto, shiitakes, house bacon, mâché, mascarpone, and toasted pumpkin seeds

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Crispy Pork Salad, chopped farm egg, sliced pig ear, breakfast radish, and chili-lime vinaigrette

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Grilled Half Chicken, sweet corn, summer squash, treviso, and smoked tomato purée

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Pan-roasted Hake, lobster mushrooms, sugar snap peas, new crop apples, and heirloom carrot

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Bourbon Sarsaparilla Float with pistachio ice cream

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The dining room

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The dining room

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Owney’s white rum 

Monument Lane