Friday, January 30, 2015

Insane in the Crane

Oysters and duck legs at the Washington Irving-themed Ichabod's


There are a lot of ghosts in this town. Sometimes reboots won't suffice. Sometimes you need an exorcism.

We don't know if the dudes behind the new Ichabod's burned sage or hired a priest, but you'll find no trace of the the former hemp-and-grasshopper taco joint Galaxy Global Eatery here.

These same dudes also recently opened the Headless Horseman (and apparently have never quite gotten over Christina Ricci's bleach job in Sleepy Hollow), and are on a culinary-literary mission to bring excellent craft cocktails and pub grub to Irving Place.

And that grub? It comes courtesy of a former Koi chef, who does a mean duck leg with squash spoon-bread, marrow bones slathered with Cabernet jelly, and oysters broiled with Pernod, garlic, and cheese.

At the bar, they're shaking up cocktails concocted by a Mulberry Project vet, including a Sazerac made with bacon-infused rye and maple syrup, and a pleasantly mouth-burning calvados-and-rye-and-cinnnamon syrup number. That is, when they're not plating up assortments of fine crustacean at the raw station.

And making the ghost of Washington Irving mighty proud.

15 Irving Pl. (E. 15th St.), East Village
(212) 777-5102

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: 4/5/6/N/Q/R/L to Union Square
Scene: Discerning spillover from Irving Plaza.
Hot seat: The booths in the back afford a little bit of privacy for canoodling with that duck leg.
Best bets: Broiled oysters; duck leg; bacon sazerac
Nearby: The Headless Horseman; Irving Plaza; Brother Jimmy's BBQ

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