To the north of Time Square, among the carriage horses’ stables and car dealerships, there is the hotel, Ink48. Located on the north east corner of the building is PRINT.. While the hotel and restaurant share the same building, they are separate entities.
Ink48 is a Kimpton hotel. So if you are a Kimpton InTouch member or join on the spot like me, you will have free WIFI access at the lobby and can get free drinks during Wine Hour (5PM – 6PM). It is a great way to wait for your party to arrive. But the drinks will not be allowed into the restaurant with you, as the restaurant is not part of the hotel.
Earlier this month, I learned of PRINT. at the Downtown Summer Night Markets event at Union Square. PRINT. was serving duck confit salad on six inch paper plates at the event. Although the portion was limited, the duck breast slices were juicy and there was a variety of fresh greens. I have been looking forward to this meal ever since.
Before guests filled the restaurant, service was lightening fast. Our waiter returned with the appetizers almost immediately after the order was placed. However, nothing was amiss. The octopus chunks were grilled just to the point before they would get chewy. The potato and chorizo on the side provided good balance between heavy and light flavors. The braised pork belly was equally well prepared. The citrus and assorted beans on the side made this almost all too familiar dish refreshing.
Each item on the menu is trailed by a long list of vegetable sides. Not only do all the listed vegetables make it onto the plate, they cover at least half of the plate as they should. With a “full-time forager” on staff, PRINT. sources its ingredients from local farms, which keeps the selection seasonal. The same exact dishes will most likely not be there on the next visit, and that is great!
Now, guess what this is?
It is a Root Beer Sundae with vanilla ice cream and licorice root bubbles. The airy foam really tastes exactly like root beer, and it can be picked up with a spoon. Even after eating the whole thing, I still do not know what the three round things on top are.