The Fat Radish is on the edge of the Lower East Side, and has the vibe of a country farmhouse with a fashion-forward feel. The main dining area beckons you in with its whitewashed brick walls and an eclectic mix of farm tables, antique mirror and a vintage map that all look like they've been harvested from the world's best flea market. While it has an open layout and a big skylight, the restaurant has a warm intimacy that makes you feel like you've discovered your own private gem.
What to Eat
The Fat Radish prides itself on fresh, seasonal food. Start with the Warm Banana Bread or Fresh Donuts, and be sure to take advantage of the chef's specials. Get whichever entree is paired with the Cloth-Bound Cheddar & Potato Cake. (It's always on the menu, but in a different preparation depending on the season.) I loved it with Brussels sprouts, bacon and a poached egg-- equal parts hearty, healthy and decadent.
What to Drink
Try the Preacher's Son, made with Ginger Root, Old Forester Bourbon, Lemon, and Gerry Thomas Bitters. The Fat Radish also has a slew of fresh press juice blends (think kale and beets) that will give you plenty of energy to brave the cold and cure your hangover at the same time.
Reservations are accepted for parties as small as two.