A new face with a sure hand can often steady a shaky situation, that is until it turns out the face was a mask and that old British chick was actually Robin Williams. Stepping up and taking charge for real, chef Dale Levitski, at Sprout
Officially reopening tonight after a first month fraught with false starts and leadership changes, Sprout's tapped former Top Chef finalist Levitski to take over the intimate 40-seat dining room outfitted with marble floors, red booths, and huge, bright photos of produce that evoke their organic focus, previously only attainable with Adderall.
The menu's designed to be a three-course, $60 prix fixe (though you can also roll a la carte if you're poor) with first course options including scallop (parsnip, sage, peanuts, corn), octopus gussied up with white bean, tomato, arugula, and Nicoise olives, and rabbit flavored with celery root, chamomile, hazelnut, and golden beets, which've thankfully haven't been cleaned via golden shower.
Second course options include black cod (fennel, verjus rouge, grape), a NY strip kicked with salt cod, potato, haricot vert and Romanesco, and quail with blood orange, foie gras, and "roots" who've presumably tired playing second fiddle to Jimmy Fallon
The meal ends with sweet but inventive flavor combos like apple/malt/cardamom/vinegar and lemon/sour cherry/goat cheese/cilantro/pink peppercorn, which might actually just be a black peppercorn with a dumb accent trying to save his estranged family.