Pasquale Jones, New York City, 5/22/17

exterior
exterior

Pasquale Jones is a medium sized place packed with small tables and a number of counter seats.  There is background music that adds to the noise level produced by hard surfaces and lots of people.  One wall of the restaurant is the open kitchen that houses 2 wood fired ovens and 2 other walls have windows out to the street.  There are some outdoor tables but the rain that day made them un-usable.  The lighting is low and the pace is rushed as they really want to turn the tables several times in an evening.  Service is included in your meal and they also offer complimentary house filtered and or carbonated water.  Servers are friendly but not particularly attentive.  There is a large wine list with one section devoted to reasonable but interesting wines.  

location
location
interior
interior
interior
interior
bar seating
bar seating
kitchen
kitchen
Frankie checked out the candle
Frankie checked out the candle
menu
menu
menu back
menu back
table set up
table set up

 

The Littleneck Clam pizza had a wonderful puffy edge that offered a nice chew in the crust.   The middle was thinner and piled with just enough ingredients to make it interesting but not soggy.  The clams were not strongly flavored but the broccoli rabe did add an interesting taste.  It was a good pizza.

Littleneck clam pizza
Littleneck clam pizza with garlic, lemon, broccoli rabe and cream
closer
closer
Frankie found the peppers
Frankie found the peppers
wine
wine
wine list cover
wine list cover
short wine list
short wine list
short wine list
short wine list
Frankie liked all the colors
Frankie liked all the colors

 

For an entree we ordered the pork shank for 2 and a side of asparagus for a green.  We were surprised to find the pork came with a salad of arugula and that the pork was accompanied by cooked fennel and onions.  The asparagus had not been peeled and so were quite tough on the ends.  They were covered with thin sliced tasty hard cheese and toasted hazelnuts.  The toppings were nice but they buried the asparagus flavor.  The pork was nicely seasoned but the different parts were very variable in moistness.  It was a huge piece.  The arugula salad really needed some dressing, it was dull as is.

Pork shank for two
Pork shank for two with lardo, fennel and black pepper
another angle
another angle
Frankie sniffed the fennel
Frankie sniffed the fennel
side of arugula
side of arugula
Green asparagus from the wood oven
Green asparagus from the wood oven with bianco sardo and Oregon hazelnuts
Frankie found a bowl of candy chews
Frankie found a bowl of candy chews

 

For dessert they only have one offering each day.  This day is was  roasted rhubarb with strawberry gelato topped with pistachio crumble.  It was very good and the rhubarb was successfully cooked to tenderness.  Its tart nature paired well with the sweet and smooth strawberry gelato.  The crumbles along with pistachio nuts added the needed texture component.  It was a good sweet fix.

strawberry rhubarb
strawberry ice cream with wood fired rhubarb
another angle
another angle
Frankie called it a success
Frankie called it a success
Frankie and a huge vase of flowers
Frankie and a huge vase of flowers

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