P*Ong: the Dr. Henry Jekyll edition

P*Ong is a restaurant tha thas received a lot of press of late and since its opening. Its owner was a previous pastry/ dessert chef who designed the restaurant around odd combinations of food that come together to form either sweet or savory flavors. All the items are small dishes. A little larger than tapas but not quite full entree size.
We ordered a number of dishes – two from the savory section and two from the sweet section followed by one dessert. ….At a restaurant envisioned by a renowned pastry/ dessert chef, how can you afford to not try the dessert offerings?
Here’s the chicken pot pie that Aimee ordered:
P*Ong, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
While we both sampled all the dishes and split some 50/50, the chicken pot pie came down to being all Aimee’s dish. Once upon a time, in a land far distant from here, full of angels and dragons… I used to work at a Friendly’s Restaurant(ick!). One of the menu items was “chicken pot pie”. Seeing the crusty dishes languishing and then finally being reheated by the short-order cook instilled a disgust for the pot pie category.
That said, the crust of this pot pie was light and flaky and the chicken seemed to be wonderfully stewed with the freshest vegetables. The presentation was in a miniature Le Creuset pan.
Here’s the porcini mushroom and polenta pudding with garlic, parmesan, and marscarpone:

P*Ong
, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
It came in its own miniature cast iron skillet – a presentation that we both found adorable.
Next up was the yellowtail tartare with pomelo, ichimi pepper, avocado creme, and beet oil. Ever since I tried the tuna tartare at Jane Restaurant, I’ve been a huge fan of well-prepared tartare. This (dark) photo is of our dish:

P*Ong
, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
Here’s the warm mushroom tart with portabella, cirmini, shitake, pickled chanterelle by an arugula salad;


P*Ong
, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
For the dessert, (I think) we ordered… no flour chocolate cake with red beet sauce with basil flavored gelato over on the right… to share:

P*Ong
, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
When the bill came, they delivered it with two blondies which we thought was a nice touch:

P*Ong
, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.
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P*Ong
150 West 10th Street (@ Waverley Place)
Tel.: 212.929.0898
Fax.: 212.929.9010
Website: http://www.p-ong.com/
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