There’s something to be said about restaurants that know their strengths and capitalize on them so that the customer gets the best experience possible. The Red Cat, located on bustling 10th avenue in Chelsea, has a simplified menu, but extensive attention to detail in each dish. Whether you’re craving tempura-fried green beans or a New York shell steak, this is your prototypical American bistro.
Everything is good from start to finish, but being that the presentation is just so damn sexy (and it’s also delicious AF), kick things off with the Scottish Salmon Crudo – thinly sliced raw salmon, topped with trout caviar, sea beans, wild rice, and mustard seed vinaigrette.
Also for appetizer… or a side dish… or even your main course… get the aforementioned tempura green beans. Each string bean is lightly coated in tempura batter and then fried to golden perfection. Go ahead and dip these suckers in the “sweet hot mustard” sauce that comes with them.
For entrée, you’ll have about 10 options, but the Skate (the stingray type-of-fish we references in the title) and the Grilled Heritage Pork are our #noBSfood suggestions. Skate fish is elegant in look, mild in taste, and the way it’s prepared at The Red Cat, you’ll be glad you tried it.
The pork entrée is obviously not as adventurous as the skate dish, but it’s a quality entrée nonetheless. Not to mention as an added bonus, this beautiful hunk of meat is served over a hearty serving of fried polenta.
Sh*t just got real.
This is a quaint spot, but the turnover on tables is relatively quick. There’s a bar that stretches practically from the kitchen all the way to the front of the restaurant, so be sure to get a few cocktails in you if you have to wait for a table. For you whiskey drinkers, the “Tap 357” is the perfect drink for this time of year – maple whiskey and amaro liqueur, garnished with an orange.