Around here, we like to think we call the shots (fashion, food, art) and the rest of the country follows. (Who you calling arrogant?)
Sloppy thirds after Los Angeles and Miami? Unthinkable.
Yet we’re tres to get chef Govind Armstrong’s Table 8 outpost, which opens tomorrow at The Cooper Square Hotel with a private party. Bitter? Nah. It was worth it.
The entrance is a bar/lounge with an impossibly high, curved, black-tiled ceiling. The dining room around the corner is as woodsy as indoors gets: glass walls with silhouettes of leaves, a view onto the garden.
The menu is also warm: comfort food with a pinch of elegance. Start with country paté and move onto bone-in skate with cockles and fregola. Be warned: The porterhouse could feed Pasadena.
Should it come up, remember we had Colicchio and Batali first.
Not to compare apples and oranges.
Table 8, 25 Cooper Square, between 5th and 6th Streets (212-475-3400). Starting Wednesday, the restaurant is reserving five tables every night, 7:30-9 p.m., for two weeks, for the first DC subscribers who book (up to four only).