The New York Bitches were recently invited to check out KTCHN, a Hell’s Kitchen dining destination in The OUT Hotel that just got a traditional Italian makeover.
But since those Bitches are all jet setting about the world at the moment—Cognac, Bali; oh, the jealousy—I stepped in to cover their exceedingly tough job of eating the best food in New York (my food-and-travel blog gives me creds, right?).
After all, who can say no to Italian classics like meatballs, pastas and homemade thin crust pizza, especially on a cold January evening? KTCHN certainly warmed our spirits—and I’m not just talking about the strong drinks.
We started out with the most incredible crab cake I’ve ever had. For someone that doesn’t like crab, I practically licked my plate. It was crispy on the outside, moist on the inside with a bit of heat. I’m still dreaming about it.
Next, the pizza bruschetta arrived topped with tomato and Parmesan, followed by pizza crostini with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil. We thought the crostini was fantastic and would definitely order it again; the earthy truffle oil absolutely brought the dish to the next level.
We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by Chef Crispin Mejia mid-course. Known by the community as the “King of 9th Avenue,” he has fourteen years’ experience and has lent his culinary expertise to hot spots including Puttanesca and Le Zie, and is the co-owner of Crispin’s.
Chef Crispin pointed us toward two of his signature dishes, Rigatoni Bolognese and Branzino, so naturally we had to order them. The Bolognese was a tantalizing mixture of pork, veal, and beef with Pomodoro sauce enhanced by red wine. Our second favorite.
The Branzino was perfect—a delicate white fish with subtle flavor. Our Branzino rested atop a perfectly baked potatoes and broccoli rabe. The rabe was seasoned well and had no overpowering bitterness.
The modern atmosphere was complete with live music from a grand piano. It was so chic—KTCHN is a great spot for a date night or meeting up with friends.
Dessert put the cherry on top of our incredible meal at KTCHN. We indulged in the classic Italian Tiramisu, which was the perfect close to our night.
508 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036