Chef Shane Lyons Opens New Tribeca Restaurant: Distilled NY
Veterans of David Chang's Momofuku empire have been opening a slew of terrific restaurants of late, including a pair of highly-recommended (if far-flung) operations, Chef Kevin Pemoulie's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, and Chef Peter Serpico's Serpico in Philadelphia. Much closer to home: Noodle Bar alum Chef Shane Lyons has given Tribeca, Batttery Park City, and FiDi residents Distilled.
This is a big, beautiful "Public House" on the corner of West Broadway and Franklin that will become your new neighborhood go-to spot for deeply satisfying food and lively drinks, the latter mixed by the "World’s Fastest Bartender" (Guinness certified!), Sheldon Wiley. I've only been once, but ate enough to know that this place is going to be great.
Chef Lyons and Distilled's Customer Service
Chef Lyons is an entertaining, convivial sort of man (if you grab a spot at the Chef's counter, you'll see what I mean… but bring a booster seat, as the stools over there are awkwardly low) and this attitude extends to everyone who works at Distilled. I don't think I've ever been so non-annoyingly chit-chatted by so many staffers over the course of the meal. Very warm and welcoming. But even if Distilled WASN'T such a pleasant place in which to wile away a couple of hours, Chef Lyons's kitchen would be reason enough to return here, again and again.
Taste Testing Distilled's Menu
Two dishes in particular were big winners from the (by the way very reasonably priced) Distilled menu. The Liver Pate starter is creamy, sticky, and wonderfully decadent, with accompanying crocks of whipped honey and red-wine pickled shallots, spread atop crackling, flattened chicken skin. Unbelievably good. In the entree category, I zeroed right in on the Country Fried Duck with "French-toast-style" Waffle because, well… because it sounded awesome. And it was. Especially after Chef Lyons poured on the smoked serrano maple syrup. Also a solid choice are the Distilled Wings (that's Point Reyes Blue in the dipping bowl), made with the popular Korean condiment Gochujang. Next time, though, I'm saving room for the Apple Pie Soda Float.
More Information: Distilled
Chef Shane Lyons's Distilled is located on the corner of West Broadway and Franklin Street, and is open on Sunday through Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight, and on Thursday through Saturday until 1:00 a.m. You can check out Distilled NYC online for more infomation and the complete Distilled NYC menu!