7/15/2013 12:16:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Weekend: Orecchiette at The Fat Radish

Given the flurry of openings at any given moment in NYC, it's understandable for a buzzy restaurant to lose its steam after a couple years. Not so with Lower East Side restaurant The Fat Radish. The Modern British spot still draws quite a crowd, evidenced by hour-long waits and a young crowd who's willing to commit. A recent evening at the bar showed why it has retained its popularity. We stuck to appetizers, and dishes like the kale Cesar salad and seared block island tuna with watermelon and a Thai vinaigrette were both seasonally appropriate, refreshing and creative. A stand out though was the buttery orecchiette. While somewhat rich (and generously portioned), the pasta was kept light by sweet corn, a summer succotash and a hint of basil. And at $16, affordable considering its entree size (212-300-4053).

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