Ember Room: The New Guy in Town

Todd English is known for not only he’s dashing looks, but of course his great food. So it was exciting to see that he was coming to NYC with a new venue. Ember Room opened up on Valentine’s Day, and it is easy to see why. It’s a fantastic date spot. Whether it’s your first date or you’re with your wife, read up, because girls will be easily impressed with the elegant and chic décor, as well as the tasty fare they have on the Asian-American fusion menu. And can I just say that I love the name? Ember. Sexy, clean and modern.

First off, I just want to apologize for the grainy photos. I absolutely hate disturbing fellow diners with camera flashes and sounds, so I kept my flash off and tried to brighten these pictures as much as possible on my computer.

The ceiling decorations were great, it looks so rich and stylish. I couldn’t figure out if they were upside down goblets or bells though.

I went with a friend, and the appetizers and sides peaked our interested more than the entrees, so we got a whole bunch to split. Sharing is caring after all.

Big slab BBQ Berkshire pork belly (top picture): Maple-soy, Fuji apple, celeriac slow. Deliciously fatty and flavorful, it made my belly happy. I wasn’t a fan of the dull taste of the slaw though, there was something missing in the seasonings, it needed something to brighten it up, maybe a touch more vinegar or something acidic?

Chocolate baby back ribs: spicy-hot chocolate glaze. Extremely tender meat, and the glaze was very unique. You’re not going to feel like you are eating a candy bar, rather, there is just a hint of it.

Crispy gingered oyster: miso, sesame, spinach. Ohmigosh, I loved this dish. Probably because I love me some oysters. So big and filling, the hot and fried outsides provided a perfect balance to the oysters on the inside. I could have had another plate of them.

Chicken fried rice: sweet basil, chili, oyster sauce. Nothing special and I wouldn’t get this again, but I do have to say that the random bites of chili were a great surprise.

7-spice fries: togarashi salt. OK, they’re 7 spice fries, how could you not want to try these? So yummy! I wish I had more room so that I could have finished them all. I would love to try and make these at home.

Meyer lemon crepe cake with meyer lemon ice cream. A really unique dessert that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Love that it was ice cream and not sorbet. The ice was unlike anything I have ever tasted before. The crepe cake was a bit hard to cut through, but good.

7.5 out of 10

Ember Room

647 9th Avenue

New York, NY 10036

-Joyce Huang
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