62 West 9th Street (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
After reading a DailyCandy.com article, I was intrigued by the new West Village restaurant, The Lion . The Lion has a dark-wooded den feel to it that drew me in. The chef/owner, John Delucie, was in charge of the kitchen at The Waverly Inn. My husband and I walked right in and got a table, which was refreshing, especially on a Saturday night. The dining experience we had was definitely upscale, and being foodies, we were ready for the new experience! We had wine paired with our refreshing starters and delicious entrees then finished it off with a lovely decaf coffee and…DESSERTS of course! We decided to order the special that evening: Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding with Amaretto ice cream, blackberry compote, garnished with plump blackberries, and finished off with the server pouring Vanilla infused Creme Fraiche on top. The blackberry compote and Creme Fraiche mixed together was so pretty to the eye. Delightful. The bread pudding tasted like a chocolate croissant. The chocolate flavor just popped in my mouth, and combined with the blackberries and creme, it makes a delectable and rich taste.
The second dish I ordered was their Cheesecake In A Jar. The name was what leaped out at me. I like creative names of dessert dishes since it adds to the excitement of having a dessert. The cheesecake was a consistency of whipped pudding with a hint of lemon. So cool and light! It was topped with sliced strawberries and honey and maple crumbs and served in, well…a jar! What an adorable and clever way to serve cheesecake. I love that in a city known for it’s cheesecake, The Lion was not afraid to avert away from the classic “slice.” If you want a new chic and pub-like place to have an elegant dinner and dessert, this is the hot place to go. The ambience has a relaxing and social vibe with a rustic decor. xoxoBrownie