A Last Call at Counter

Less a restaurant review than an early eulogy, we were sad to discover that vegetarian restaurant Counter will be closing this weekend.

They had originally announced a closing back in March, but had postponed it often enough that we held out hopes that they were sticking around for the long term. Alas, it was not to be, and Brian and I made it out to visit only days before their departure.

Our dinner there yesterday was wonderful. Everything we ordered had been beautifully prepared, and had delicious flavors to match that presentation. The grilled chickpeas were simply awesome, the tea-smoked tofu panini was amazing, and sundae was among the most impressive desserts we’ve ever encountered (the chocolate and vanilla ice creams had an unexpected range of infused flavors, from amaretto to coffee bean).

We hope to find chef Elena Ballett appear again on the NYC restaurant scene (her talent and creativity deserve a venue), but make it out to Counter while you can… Sunday brunch will be their last service.

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