They say time is a terrible thing to waste, which is why you should leave it at the gym and give other people a chance to read Joel Stein's hilarious musings on why NFL players speak in cliches. Spending no time being wasteful with meat, Plate Shop, opening Tuesday.
From an impressively resume'd knife-wielder (Aqua, Danko, Manresa, Ubuntu) finally getting her own digs, Plate Shop is a 49-seat, whole animal-butchering brick 'n mortar with a foundry workshop vibe (steel, wood, repeat), rocking interior deets like exposed bulbs, a steel plate-topped bar, and a legless, cable-suspended communal table, though there's still no explanation as to what the communal table did to incur Tom's wrath. The menu'll be flush with highly technical meat-focused comfort food, with small plates like belly sliders with pickled jalapenos, and urchin-added smoked risotto, plus head-to-tail entree awesomeness including a whole chicken topped with a Jameson Irish Whiskey gelee, a brown buttered/hazelnut gremolata-topped pig, and a crispy-skinned confit char made with pancetta and "fish bacon", also what Kyra Sedgwick shouts when she and Kevin are playing cards. The bar, which's backed by custom-made wood cubbies that'll showcase individual bottles of hard-a, will seat 12 and be stocked with 8-10 familiar bottled beers, a small on-premise producer wine list, and a signature cocktail menu that'll include a Bayside Fling (vodka based with blood orange, lime juice, and agave nectar), a vodka'd Pacific Rim (with ginger and cilantro), and a Shipyard Mule -- a version of the Moscow that's rosemary-infused, which allegedly gives it some extra pop(ov).
In addition to sidewalk seating out front, they've also got a seating-free back patio where they're growing their own veggies to be used throughout the menu and in cocktails, thankfully none of which would make much sense in a Stein.