European Union won the war–a long and rancorous campaign to secure its liquor license. Now the East Village gastropub is winning hearts and minds with well-chosen beers and wines and a pan-European menu of hearty, drink-friendly chow by executive chef Sara Ochs (formerly of Esca), served in a cool industrial space. “I have been consistently impressed with almost everything on the menu,” admits jonasblank, a once-skeptical neighbor.
Recommended: wild mushroom pasta, grilled bavette steak (with artichoke gratin), romaine salad with crispy shallots and lemon, fish (hake, skate, shrimp, squid) and chips, Catalan-style lamb “cassoulet” (with white beans and garlic sausage).
The don’t-miss dessert is chocolate absinthe cake, but you also won’t go wrong with linzer-filled doughnuts or cannele de Bordeaux with chamomile cream. And Jill confesses that her normally civilized circle of friends went fork to fork over goat’s milk cheesecake with honey-roasted figs.