162 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.721025 -73.988478
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
L.E.S. = Lovely, Engaging Surprise – I'm over 30 so I don't often make the L.E.S. pilgrimage very often (20 min. via subway from the 80s -- what a hike!! ; ) ) but The Orchard made it worthwhile. Beautiful front bar & long, rectangular dining area, serene, with low, Zen-like ceiling decor and soft, tawny lighting that takes off 10 years. Our group had the fab drunken goat cheese salad and mushroom flatbread to start, as entrees the lamb (perfect!!) and steak, & two desserts (forget which, sorry ....it's the over-30 thing) which completed the spell cast by this engaging place. Calm, spacious, lovely decor, together with attentive but not intrusive service (& good wine suggestions) and uniformly excellent food, make us look forward to making another "long LES trek"soon.
best new restaurant – Danielle is a restauranteur and if she recommends it, IT HAS TO BE GOOD! trust me becuase i trust her with any restaurant choice.
Beautiful dining room, great staff – I went here on my birthday with my friend and had a wonderful time. We were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was BYOB. We went around the corner, got two bottles of wine, and had a fabulous dinner. The dining room has beautiful orange hues and is just relaxing and warm. The wait staff is friendly, helpful, and attentive. The food was delicious. We started with the lobster empanadas and drunken goat cheese salad which were both great. The goat cheese tasted like it had truffles in it and the grilled corn that came with the lobster empanadas was addictive. For our main course, my friend had the mushroom ravioli which was SO good, and I had a delicious, huge, tender steak. It came with a little tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad which was tasty, I just wish there had been something a little more consistent. For dessert, I had the tartufo and my friend had the chocolate lava cake. Top that off with two delicious bottles of wine and it made for a perfect night. It was a great night and just a nice treat. For two people without drinks, it came up to $113 which I think makes it more for a special event place than an everyday place for the average person, but it's a wonderful night out and worth it.
Fab new restaurant – Enjoyed a delicious dinner here recently with a friend. The decor was beautiful, the service was impeccable and my meal was perfectly prepared (I had the bass) - although my friend's pasta with tomato and avocado was a little al dente. We shared the white choclate bread pudding for dessert. I am usually not a fan of bread pudding, but this was definitely the best I've ever had - we cleaned the plate!
come for the flatbread – fabulous flatbreads; these are the real draw of this place. excellent food - small portions on the entrees, but somehow we left completely stuffed. great, intimate environment, byob helps the bill.
My new favorite restaurant – My husband, our friend, and I shared the most delicious dinner I've had in a long time at The Orchard last night. We started with the Robiola cheese flatbread with spinach, pancetta, and cranberries. Robiola is my favorite cheese so I was excited to see it on a menu. We next shared the lobster empanadas (fried pockets stuffed with lobster served with corn on the cob--the corn was wierd and unneccesary) and the crispy rock shrimp salad (super dressing!). I had salmon ravioli with asparagus in a light lemon creme sauce. My friend had butternut squash agnolletti (pasta pockets) with sage and butter, and my husband had the cavatelli with avocado and pancetta in tomato creme sauce. The raviolis were so delicate, and all of the flavors were fantastic. Portions were perfect (not too small, not too huge). Service was very helpful and friendly. Ambiance was lovely--lighting was pretty and amber, tables were spaced far enough apart. The only think we didn't enjoy was the dessert; that could use some work. This was my ideal restaurant. Bill for three (3 apps, 3 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 coffee) came to $125 plus tip. Being a BYO saved us a lot of money and made it so we were more willing to spend more on food. I can't wait to go back.
A great dining experience! – I only have good things to say about my meal at The Orchard. The servers were very helpful but left us to relax and enjoy our food. The portion size was very generous for the two appetizers we ordered; one would have been sufficient to share. Both of us ordered fish entrees and finished every bite. I would recommend dishes but I bet that everything on the menu is great. Definitely check out this restaurant and don't forget to bring your own wine while it is still BYO.
The Orchard: Worth Picking – Really an outstanding restaurant. Service was very good ... from the door to the waitstaff ... just very friendly and polished service. Food was spectacular ... flatbreads (steak tartare) were great ... salads very nice ... entrees (lamb) outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant. For now its BYOB until they can get their liquor license ...
Amazing & Inventive Italian Food – This restaurant is a breathe of fresh air! The flatbreds are to die for, everything that I had was phenomenal. The cavatelli with avocado was one of the best things I have had in quite sometime. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine Italian dining with a twist.
Chef LaFemina's The Orchard is Amazing! – I am a big fan of Chef/Owner John LaFemina. We always enjoy dining at his other two restaurants Peasant and aPizz.
The design of the Orchard is masterly done to create a warm and inviting ambience. Lighting is dimmed and soft but not dark. Tables are spaced nicely to give you room to have a private conversation. Servers are helpful without disturbing.
Flatbreads are a must to start with. We tried the Steak Tartar with Parmigiano Romano and it was delicious. As appetizers we enjoyed the Drunken Goat Cheese Salad and Lobster Empanadas. We were amazed by the tasty Lamb Tenderloin and Rib Eye Steak for main course. Food certainly has a Mediterranean influence.
Overall The Orchard is our new favorite restaurant in the Lower East Side and it looks like it will stay our favorite for a long while.
For now BYO wine until they receive their Liquor License.
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