Over the past decade or so, New York’s Lower East Side has evolved to become one of the city’s central hipster enclaves. With an influx of upscale boutiques and trendy restaurants, it assuring to see that one eatery—Dinner on Ludlow—is trying to step out of the pack to create an exciting approach to comfort food while providing a warm atmosphere.
Located on the corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets, Dinner on Ludlow serves up American comfort food with modern flare set against an elegant, gothic backdrop. With chandeliers dimly lighting the dining room, the décor is intimate and sophisticated without being pretentious. The floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize a sense of openness.
The cozy atmosphere is complemented by an inviting list of dishes that will satisfy your cravings for comfort food. With Chef John Keller at the helm, Dinner on Ludlow offers familiar choices with an innovative touch without being expensive. Using fresh ingredients from local purveyors, Chef Keller has created a versatile menu featuring comfort favorites that showcase some ingredients that may not be on everyone’s grocery list. “I want to introduce people to new ingredients without taking away what’s familiar,” said Chef Keller. He successfully executes his objective by keeping the recipes simple so that the flavors remain distinct.
Start your meal off with one of Dinner on Ludlow’s unique cocktails. Under the direction Courtney Tietze, the drink menu is anything but ordinary. If you like martinis, considering try the signature cucumber martini ($15), featuring fresh pressed cucumber juice and house made locally sourced rhubarb bitters. Fresh fruit and strong liquor complement each other well in selections such as coco loco ($15) featuring Ciroc Coco, Malibu Rum, and fresh kiwi and pineapple juice, and Captain Barbosa ($13) which features Pyrat Rum, green apple purée, cinnamon syrup, and fresh lemon.
Whet your appetite with one of Dinner on Ludlow’s delicious starters. If you like Caesar salad, you are in for a treat with the kale Caesar ($9)—crispy Tuscan and red kale topped with olive oil croutons and Caesar Dressing. Kale might not be on your list of favorite vegetables, but this combination works quite well adding texture to the popular salad staple.
Other flavorful options include the braised chicken meatballs ($11)—served on green apple and Brussels sprouts slaw and complemented by a tangy chili-garlic sauce—and tuna tartar ($14)—in this case using smoked Herring, avocado, lemon-ginger oil, crispy shallots. If you are dining with a few people, consider sharing a few of these.
For the main course, Chef Keller showcases a classic steak frites ($28)—dry aged New York strip served with crispy parmesan truffle fries and a 5 peppercorn sauce—and a pappardelle ($18) featuring butternut squash, sage, pecorino Romano, and roasted pumpkin seeds. For something hearty, make sure to ask about Chef Keller’s roast, a daily preparation of braises, roasts, and stews. Round off your meal with a side of truffle mac & cheese topped with savory breadcrumbs.
Save room for dessert! Feast your eyes on the soft cheesecake—lumps of creamy ricotta cheese served over a brown butter crumble, drizzled with strawberry crumbs and complemented by fresh seasonal berries—white chocolate panacotta topped with a hazelnut tuile and Chantilly cream—and sugar & spice donuts ($9 each) with a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream and chocolate dipping sauce.
Brunch lovers rejoice because Dinner on Ludlow is now hosting brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM- 4 PM) featuring corn flake crusted French toast ($13)—served with dulce de leche syrup, whipped cream, and fresh diced strawberries—and the buckwheat Belgian waffle ($14) served with fresh berries, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup.
With an exciting menu of tasty options that are also affordable, Dinner on Ludlow is becoming a neighborhood gem.
Dinner on Ludlow
95 Delancey Street
New York, New York 10002