Review: Epistrophy

There’s just something about Mott St. that gives me the feels. It can be so quite and calm that I almost forget I’m in New York City. Almost.

Anyway, I like to think that every SOHO STRUT reader is my friend, and friends help friends out right? So here I am to help you out with your next date night/girls night/solo dinner out, by offering up a suggestion for a cozy little Italian restaurant on Mott St.

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From the outside, Epistrophy looks like the perfect Soho dining experience. A calming, yet eye-catching green color with outdoor seating, big windows and dimly-lit bulb lighting running along the exterior. It’s pretty much an aesthetic masterpiece and you become instantly 10x cuter just dining there.

I stopped by on a Thursday evening when the weather was just the right level of warm (for me this is about 68 degrees, but whatever nobody cares I know). I brought a friend with me and we had ourselves a wild low-key dinner out. Here’s the breakdown of what we ordered:

CALAMARI E FUNGHI seared fresh baby squids and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil and herbs

As a gal who is used to eating her squid fried, I was a little nervy about eating squid that would feel like I was eating squid. Ladies and gentlemen, was I wrong. This was so amazing and I wish we had ordered four more. It wasn’t drenched in olive oil (my worst nightmare) and the selection of herbs was perfect.

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BRASATO AL CANNONAU grass-fed beef short ribs braised with cannonau red wine, fresh herbs, and onions served with stone ground organic farmer polenta 

My friend ordered this dish and I could smell it arriving before it got to our table. It smelled incredible and it looked even better, so I sat there excited for my friend to try it and also not-so-patiently waiting for her to offer me a bite. I give all the points to Epistrophy for this dish.

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QUINOA SALAD with roasted acorn squash, chickpeas, avocado, braised kale, watermelon radish, arugula, and beet tahini dressing

Before you judge me for ordering a salad, this salad had more non-leaf ingredients than leaf ingredients so, take that! I really enjoyed the organization of elements in this bowl, but the best bites were those that had a little bit of everything together. The beet tahini “dressing” was more of a paste than anything else and it was great to dip my fork into and then shovel around for the perfect bite.

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A nice restaurant with good friends and good food is what makes for an enjoyable experience and Epistrophy did just that. It’s a place I can go with friends, with my mom, or on a date and I would feel like the space and the food would meet everyone’s expectations.

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P.S. Look how cute that old-school light-up sign is!