The Acorn is a modern vegetarian restaurant & bar on Main street, serving gourmet west coast cuisine off seasonal menus with fresh produce from local urban farms.
I had a nice meal at The Acorn last night.
Thumbs up for the beer-battered halloumi with mushy peas and zucchini cake. It really was a nice riff on what someone described as "vegetarian fish and chips with mushy peas". The dish was rich (there's a lots of dairy in the ingredients list), and satisfied my craving for something crispy, fried, and cheesy - the yogurt sauce brought it all together with its addictive tang and creaminess.
The Kale salad, unfortunately, was not what I had hoped for. Perhaps if there was a bit more of the nutty and delicious fried tempeh cubes to delight the carnivore inside me. I do, however, appreciate the generous amount of asiago cheese shavings in the salad.
Loved the giant ice cube in our bourbon to end the evening.
Service was attentive (seemed a bit cold at first with the lack of smiles or warmth), and our waters were topped regularly and at the right time. My friend, who arrived first, commented how he thought it was odd that, upon entry, a server told him he could sit anywhere he'd like. Of course, my friend chose the table closest to the window - and was then stopped by the server: "Oh, that table is saved for groups of 4 or more." Well, it may have helped if the server rephrased his instructions to sit anywhere but by the window! My friend was a bit annoyed; this is perhaps a training opportunity for the service staff. But besides that tiny misgiving, I felt the service was great.
The Acorn really does a great job in making itself stand out from the handful of vegetarian restaurants in the city by gunning for fine dining. If I'm not mistaken, the chef at this establishment did work at the prestigious Eleven Madison Park in NYC. The Acorn successfully stands alone in this category and proves that vegetarian cuisine can be hip without being hippy!
This is a different sort of vegetarian restaurant with several interesting items on the menu. My partner and I shared the artichoke pate as a starter; very nice with delicate flavours. For mains we shared the seasonal vegetables and the halloumi; both were outstanding and very tasty.
The restaurant is small and quite crowded with a very loud ambient noise level. There are no reservations so if you must have them this place is not for you.
Four of us lined up on a rather chilly evening to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about.
In a sentence: the food lived up to the hype.
We had the chestnut soup and parsnip croquettes to start, and the "mushroom" and "halloumi" as mains. A couple of glasses of red and a few "mirror lake" drinks rounded things off nicely. We were completely stuffed, and entirely impressed. The lineup out the door minutes after we were seated was equally impressive, as was the hipster crowd trying to part when we left.
Inexpensive it isn't. The bill for 4 appies, 4 entrees, and 3 drinks came to $189 plus tip. No reservations for parties of fewer than 6. The seating and serving arrangements could use tweaking as there were rather glaring inefficiencies. However, the real question is will we return?
Yes, yes we will...
We recently went to the Acorn on recommendation by a friend. Well, we got there at opening time at 5:30 and by 6PM they had people waiting out the door.
The food was spectacular as was the service. This restaurant is fairly new but sure is making an impact.
It reminded us of another great vegan restaurant in upper West Manhattan called 'Blossom', I was also blown away with what they can do with veggies...Wine and beer were also good.
Also their deserts are right up there. Can get a little cozy with tables all along the one wall, so get there early for one in the middle.
Will definitely return.