Dedicated to eating at farm-to-table, fresh, and organic restaurants, I just had to visit Rosemary’s. It is one of the places to go to for healthy and quality food in Manhattan. When I searched for new restaurants of the sort, Rosemary’s kept popping up. TimeOut, Culture Trip, Guest of a Guest: they all feature Rosemary’s among the best such locales in the City. But, I did not see it. It was just, well, ok.
I walked into the restaurant very excited, of course. At first, I was not disappointed. There was an inviting environment to it. Very naturally lit, very open, very low-key. Located in the West Village (I have a bias towards the Downtown-ish neighborhoods for restaurants), I expected it to be very authentic and thought the food would be delicious. It even has its own rooftop garden: how cool!
I ordered a caprese focaccia, which comes with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella; a carbonara pasta; and an orange juice, which came with exotic ingredients. I know: orange juice and an Italian lunch are not the best mix. But I was at this hip restaurant that had its own private garden, so I wanted to be healthy. I said to myself: take a chance; order the juice.
I should have stuck with a pinot grigio. It was a regular orange juice. I did not feel that natural texture and taste to it or any of those other quirky ingredients. Whatever.
The focaccia was very fluffy and bready, and the pasta was very creamy and oily. I even just started eating separately the bits of bacon in the end: the pasta just bored me.
Honestly, I did not feel that the food was masterful at all. It was just very standard and regular. It was not truly Italian, and I do not know if it was truly farm-to-table. If I had not been told, I would have thought that the ingredients were bought at a supermarket. And that juice could perfectly pass for a Tropicana product. They definitely do have a good marketing team, so kudos for that. And maybe it was just that in wintertime their garden is not in use. But I would not recommend this place to anyone. To me, it is the Times Square of farm-to-table restaurants.
Sorry for this negative review or for this rant, but I feel it necessary to report the good and the bad. The main takeaway to Rosemary’s is: just don’t.