They say there are no second acts in American life, but they clearly were fortunate to leave Rent at intermission. For a place from a man who's spent several extra seasons (of love) perfecting his, hit Darioush, soft opening today.
Darioush is a small, wood-and-leather laden bistro w/ massive mirrors and a broad bar, which opened for just a couple weeks early this year before promptly closing and being given a total overhaul, with the menu now focusing on cuisine that's Persian-meets-French, also something that's probably taking place in a South African airport, since everyone's waiting for an upgrade. Grub options include confit lamb shank w/ a mesquite-grilled lamb rack, fresh dill, fava bean rice cake, and pomegranate jus; mesquite-grilled Chilean sea bass w/ cilantro, chevre mashed potato, and steamed asparagus w/ chervil dressing; and roasted duck breast w/ creamed artichoke and wild mushrooms in a date sauce, (so... any sauce, just lots of it?). For starters, there's tiger shrimp and diver scallops in saffron lime butter with caramelized mango; fresh figs filled w/ goat cheese wrapped in parma w/ a pomegranate reduction; and a ground angus, pea, herb, and rice meatball w/ yogurt; in addition, there's a section of the menu with nine mini-dishes/dips labeled "Pre-appetizers" finally giving you permission to eat before you eat before you eat
As far as booze, they've got standard beers as well as a small international wine list, including vino from a vineyard they're not connected to but share a name with -- giving you plenty of boozy options to kill time while you wait 525,600 minutes for a cab.