burrata boy reviewing pasta one bowl at a time

Charlie Bird

Oh man, oh man, oh man. The cacio e pepe at this place is :chef’s kiss:

So in yesterday’s review of Pasquale Jones, I mentioned it’s older brother — Charlie Bird. In many ways its similar, but feels a bit less formal, does away with the pizza, and adds a bit of seafood to the mix.

Located in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Charlie Bird is a spot where you’d be just as comfortable sitting at the bar by yourself as you would with a group of friends at one of the tables outside. By the way, I’m not certain of this but I think there is a little mini wood burning stove outside (you can smell the goodness when seated outside).

Rating - 8.5

  • Taste: 9/10
  • Consistency: 9/10
  • Service: 8/10
  • Ambiance: 9/10
  • Price: 8/10
  • Creativity: 8/10

Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe

tonnarelli

This cacio e pepe is really good. Does the noodle remind me a bit of the maggi I ate growing up? Yes. But that’s not stopping me from coming back for seconds. To me, cacio e pepe is one of those dishes that seems really simple, but actually takes a decent amount of effort to get right. The reason being that there is no real “sauce”, instead its a perfect combination of pasta water, cheese, and pepper that’s required to get the consistency right. These people get it.

Gnocchi

gnocchi

To be completely honest, I don’t remember everything that was in here. I do remember eating it outside though on a warm summer day. The gnocchi was firm (tbh, not sure if its supposed to be - I’ve had gnocchi that was super soft) and the sauce was rich. Every now and then I’d get a bite of pink peppercorn which quite frankly I’m not a huge fan of, but this dish would 100% feel like it was missing something if the peppercorns weren’t there. If there is something else on the menu that strikes your fancy, try that too.