Hounds are settling in comfortably at Alison Eighteen, which serves simple American food with Mediterranean accents. Lacrosse_Gastronomic and friends enjoyed the rotisserie chicken, sautéed duck breast, mushroom polenta, grilled Portuguese octopus, and grilled aged sirloin (with Bordelaise sauce, watercress, and shoestring potatoes). If beignets appear on the dessert menu, get them: They're filled with warm lemon curd and served with chocolate sauce.
Four-month-old Alison Eighteen represents a homecoming of sorts for Alison Price Becker, whose fondly remembered SoHo restaurant, Alison on Dominick Street, closed a decade ago. She's brought back the chef from the old place, Robert Gurvich, and added a café and takeout kiosk selling coffee, baked goods, and some savory bites. "I liked Alison Eighteen a lot—simply prepared food in a sedate and relaxing setting," Lacrosse_Gastronomic says.
Alison Eighteen [Flatiron]
15 W. 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), Manhattan