I had a dinner date with a good friend of mine at Ruffian, a 3 month old French tapas and wine bar that has recently opened in the Lower East Side. The atmosphere is young and upbeat from the chefs to the patrons which, makes it too easy to spend your entire night there drinking and talking. My host was warm and told me about the opening of the restaurant, how they've gotten to where they are today and the inspiration behind the name, Ruffian (which I think you'll have more fun finding out for yourself!). Although we had a difficult time choosing what to order, the aroma of onions simmering in ghee assured us that everything had to be delicious. I am happy to report that we were right.
Bread and tomato chutney- I was very pleased with how fresh the bread was as well as the generous portion. The chutney was sweet with hints of spice to balance.
Cheese Soufflé & Balsamic Toast- The cheese soufflé was outstanding! The acidity of the balsamic bread complements the strong flavor of the cheese.
Steak Tartar, Yolk, Nori, Soy & Yuzu- A well marinated steak tartar with an egg yolk will never disappoint.
So what happens when a Ruffian walks into a wine bar? They get a little tipsy off of a bottle of wine, throw back shots of mezcal with the chefs and eat to their heart's content.