126 W 18th St
Dining at Rouge Tomate is a wonderfully colorful experience, from the green vines that hang freely from the ceiling and the sultry ruby lighting and design highlights to fresh ingredients like purple cauliflower and pumpkin romesco. Most impressive, though, is the restaurant’s focus on sustainable dining using modern, healthful ingredients. Start with the Snacks menu (the guinea hen with radish, prune, and crostini is a favorite) and move on to the Small Plates—the arctic char with beer, cabbage, mustard, and hazelnut is a must-try. From the large plates, the acorn squash with quinoa, daikon, baby bokchoy, and smoked onion broth is a winner, as is the venison with butternut squash and huckleberry.
Interestingly, the beverage list is even more expansive than the dinner menu, offering numerous organic, biodynamic, and natural wines along with a range of sake, cider, and beer. The service is equally impressive, with an abundance of warm and attentive hospitality that’s missing from many New York hot spots. Bon appetit!