Monday, January 26, 2015

Hunger Games

The hunt is on at The Cypress Room


There's hunting in the great outdoors, but you never know where Tom Haverford may be lurking.

Protect your head from bullets at chef Michael Schwartz's latest conquest The Cypress Room, serving up big game on a fancy platter fit for the Ron Swanson in all of us.

But this isn’t a place where the Duck Dynasty rednecks hang. Rather, this neatly tucked away venue is the proper date setting with a lady friend. Just make sure she’s a date who eats.

Sure, this intimate little hole-in-the-wall has all the date night essentials: warm lighting, antique place settings, jazz. But then there are the large deer heads plastered along the wall that give it that old hunting den feel.

The Go Lightly aperitif made with Cocchi Americano and St. Germain is the perfect way to start the evening, alongside small talk and the lamb tartare with quail egg.

But once the bolognese-filled agnolotti and medium rare antelope with baby turnips comes out, change it up with a signature barrel aged cocktail such as The Old Pal made with Campari, Basil Hayden, and Dolin dry vermouth.

With famed pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith in the kitchen, there’s no risk of a dessert accident either, with sure shots including the Florida Citrus Chess Pie with roasted white chocolate and huckleberries.

After which, the hunt is on.

The Cypress Room
3620 NE 2nd Ave., Design District
(305) 520-5197

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Street; lot
Scene: Meat-loving, googly-eyed daters
Best bets: Lamb tartare; antelope; agnolotti 
Hot seat: Cozy in a mint-colored booth next to your date
Nearby: Bardot; Ricochet Bar & Lounge; The Electric Pickle Company

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