West Fourth Street in the West Village is one of my favorite streets, and it has a plethora of quaint and trendy restaurants. On a few occasions, I’ve come to Milanese restaurant Sant Ambroeus looking for a table only to find it booked. Forget about brunch there. I was told I’d have to make reservations in advance two weeks for an outside table. Whether or not that is true, I do not know, but this past Friday night, I was able to eat inside without a wait. While the outdoor tables are cute because you get a great view of the Village, the interior of the restaurant is quite pleasant. The space is intimate–perfect for a date.
While there were many appealing items on the menu, I went with the salmon special. This salmon dish was wonderful. You wouldn’t think much of the spinach topping, but it was so flavorful and went so well with salmon.
My friend ordered the strozzapreti and lobster special. Well, my salmon was delicious, but I was jealous of his dinner because this dish was out of this world good. (A side note on strozzapreti. Translated, it means “priest strangler.” My grandmother used to make these, and in her Neapolitan dialect, it was a different word.)
For sides, we got sautéed Tuscan kale with tomatoes and pan roasted Brussels sprouts. The kale was excellent. The Brussels sprouts were blah, but we didn’t notice since the rest of the food was superb.
Yes, Sant Ambroeus is known for its baked goods, and you would expect moi to get baked goods at a place known for such things. But I was full, and in New York fashion, I wanted to restaurant-hop and get dessert elsewhere. So I have an excuse to return to Sant Ambroeus.