I have a girl crush on Chef Roxanne Spruance. I’m not saying I want to actually make out with her, because that phase of my life ended in college (don’t lie, you had that phase too). But I digress. I respect a young female chef who steps up in what is traditionally a very male driven profession and kills it. Spruance is the badass chef of Kingsley, a seasonally driven French-American restaurant in the East Village.
The interior is more elevated than I’d expect on Avenue B. The 65-seat space features two distinct dining rooms and a relaxed patio in the back lined with greenery. The design is modern and clean, with a majestic gold-lit bar running through the main dining room.
The food, again, is more elevated than you typically find in this part of the city. The focus is market-driven, season, local. They strive to make everything in house including the exceptional chicharrones with kimchi and house cured bacon. The lamb tartare was seasoned perfectly, as was the perfectly charred octopus dish. For brunch, do not miss Spurance’s take on a croquet madame which is sinfully oozing with cheddar and gravy. If you find yourself in my favorite neighborhood and you are looking for a little elegance, this is your spot. Here’s what we had:
Chicharrones - Kimchi, Hoisin, Scallions
House Cured Bacon - House Made Mayonnaise
Ricotta Fritters - Rhubarb Compote
Lamb Tartare - Potato Chips, Cornichons, Capers, Onions
Charred Octopus - Dandelion Greens, Pine Nut Puree, Garlic Milk
Croque Madame - Ham, White Cheddar, Fried Egg, Gravy
Steak And Eggs - Wagyu Rib Steak, Eggs, Smashed Potatoes, Hollandaise
Crispy Pork Belly And Pickle Tot Hash - Fried Eggs, Sriracha Aioli
Praline Bacon French Toast Bread Pudding - Maple, Pecan, Bacon, Pork Fat Frosting
Address: 190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009