I would imagine that it’s difficult to survive in the space the Sons & Daughters now occupies on 10th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. Many have tried and failed. Being sandwiched between Del Posto, Morimoto, Toro, and Colicchio & Sons means that you need to fight for your life. I visited the newly opened restaurant and feel like this one may actually have a swinging chance. Chef Jon Bignelli and the bar team hail from Death & Co and Sweetwater Social so they know a thing or two.
The space hasn’t changed drastically from its former iteration, Willow. The long narrow space has high ceilings, an open kitchen, and a sprawling chic bar. There is ample seating in booths, high tops, and on their patio. Cocktails are the star here, so they did right by including so much bar seating. MY particular favorites included tequila, as they often do.
The menu reads like a real mash up of everything you want while boozing. I wouldn’t say that there is one type of cuisine here, it’s a massive mix along the spectrum of cultures and food types. You can have soft pretzels drowning in cheese and giant beautifully fried jalapeno poppers. Feeling a little Italian? They have a charcuterie spread to match that desire. The stand out dish was the insanely flavorful and tender Peruvian chicken with yucca fries. I would return again and again just for this dish. I look forward to it happily. Here’s what we had:
Soft pretzel w/ cheddar
Burger w/ American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, pickles