THE QUILTED PRINCE
Byline: Karen Rabinovitz
NEW YORK — Quilty’s is about old friends and a hearty meal.
At 177 Prince Street, in an area crowded with bistros and of-the-moment spots, Quilty’s offers New England warmth, romance and intimacy. The small, flower-laden space is owned by Sam Roberts, James English and Jason Ungar, old friends who met in Princeton, N.J., where they opened their first restaurant, also named Quilty’s.
“Whether you’re in blue jeans or a suit, here for your first date or 40th anniversary, food is our focus,” Roberts said.
Under executive chef Katy Sparks — formerly of The Quilted Giraffe, Mesa Grill and Bolo — Quilty’s serves modern American cuisine “with a playful twist on old-fashioned dishes,” said Roberts.
According to Roberts, popular appetizers include the tuna tartar with Sevruga caviar, hot-house cucumbers and sake-cured lemons, or the eggplant and goat cheese terrine with spicy chick-peas and oil-cured olive vinaigrette. The most popular entrees are the halibut baked in parchment with white truffle butter, stewed leeks, roasted tomato risotto and sauteed spinach, or the peppered yellowfin tuna, steak frites with a papaya ginger relish and spinach. For more daring tastes, there is a marinated grilled squab with smoky sweet potato ravioli.
A collection of mounted butterflies, drawings of insects, a marble-topped bar, French iron garden chairs in the foyer and understated tones of light colors, hardwood furnishings and soft lighting in the dining room create a relaxed decor. It is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Entrees range from $17.50 to $25.