Earlier this week, I attended the Summer In Soho party at Delicatessen, where guests gathered to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy the wonderful summertime. I’ve walked by Delicatessen many times in the past but have never dined there, so I was definitely excited to check out their menu. Delicatessen is about international comfort food. They’ve got breakfast, lunch, dinner, and offers late night dining too. The restaurant had an open aired main dining area, offering both indoor or outdoor seating, and had a modern and hip feel to it.
The party was held in the private dining spaces downstairs. There’s the “Courtyard,” which sits under a glass ceiling with lots of natural light, giving it an outdoor feel in an indoors environment. There’s a hand-painted mural along the wall, comfy seating around the courtyard, and a DJ spinning tracks in the booth by the stairs.
Next room, there’s the “Minibar“, where the bartender was shaking up drinks. The walls are lined with glass bottles accented by glowing lights. The room was dim and had more of a lounge feel to it.
Guests gathered to sample items from the new menu by Executive Chef Michael Ferraro and indulge in desserts by their new Executive Pastry Chef Kate Cowan. Throughout the evening, food was brought out to the Courtyard and Minibar. At the bar, drinks and cocktails were provided courtesy of Satisfaction Vodka.
The drink of the night was the Tilly, which featured muddled strawberry and lime, Satisfaction Vodka, and pomegranate juice. It was a sweet and fruity summery concoction served in a martini glass.
Executive Chef Michael Ferraro put together a list of hors d’ourves which included Smoked Chicken Tacos with pico de gallo and salsa picante, Pork Mole Tacos with fresh cream, queso fresco,
Sweet Sesame Chicken, Lettuce Wraps,
Flash Fried Tuna Avocado Rolls, and
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad.
The tacos were very popular and disappeared quickly when it was brought out. The lettuce wraps were were light and fresh, but a bit messy. The chicken was seasoned nicely and sat on of a piece of crisp bibb lettuce along with a bit of cashew and pickled green papaya. The flash fried tuna avocado rolls served with creamy sambal chili sauce were a delight as well. The tomato and mozzarella salad was really a marinated tomato and a piece of fresh mozzarella tempura, joined together in a mini skewer.
For dessert, Pastry Chef Kate Cowan introduced items such as Maple Bacon Beignets with bourbon crème anglaise, Chocolate Layer Cake, and a Cheesecake Lollipop.
The maple bacon beignets were a tasty treat. It was a like a deep-fried doughnut hole, with a sweet maple flavor with a hint of bacon. The eyes in the room lit up when the chocolate desserts were brought out. The bite size pieces of chocolate cake was made with rich, dark chocolate. The cheesecake lollipops, which were coated with chocolate, were also a big hit.
Delicatessen looks like a nice place to chill and relax – have a drink at their bar, eat some comfy foods, and do some people watching. Looks like a nice spot to go for weekend brunch too. Their private dining areas are nice spaces for throwing a small party, whether you want the outdoor fun and casual feel in the Courtyard or want to have your own private Minibar lounge. Hope to check it out again!
*Photos courtesy of Delicatessen.