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Monday, June 16, 2008

Skinny

I love small and/or skinny places. Not just aesthetically, but their very nature leads one to imagine that perhaps this place has been missed by others and is off the beaten path. Or perhaps the place is unusual in other ways - after all, a mainstream business would not typically rent a space only seven feet wide. And the architectural history of tiny or narrow buildings is always fascinating, like 75 1/2 Bedford St. in the West Village which is only 9 1/2 feet wide, considered the narrowest house in NYC and occupied in the 1920s by Edna St Vincent Millay. There is a remarkable, very unique tiny triangular building that houses the restaurant Bite. And I love the beautiful tiny building that houses Vilebrequin.
Lassi is an Indian restaurant at 28 Greenwich Avenue. This tiny, narrow space is where Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez plies her craft. She was a former pastry chef at L'Impero, Veritas and Judson Grill, each receiving 3 stars from The New York Times, as well as working for a consultant for France’s Michel Cluizel Chocolat and Domori Chocolate in Bologna, Italy. she has a culinary education from the Restaurant School in Philadelphia and also in France. An unusual pedigree for a restaurant specializing in northern Indian cuisine.
Lassi is essentially a take out operation, but there are stools for those who want to eat in. The location was previously an equally interesting restaurant - Thali - a vegetarian restaurant serving only one prix fixe dinner selection per night. Lassi's menu includes a variety of curries, parathas and lassis. You can read about them at their website and see the menu here. Just watch yourself if you like skinny :)

Related Postings: Bite, Vilequebrin, 121 Charles, Bomb Factory.

6 comments:

Urban (r)Evolutionary said...

i'm a big fan of small, skinny, tucked away..
don't think i've seen any quite this small here in Australia, though.

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MmeBenaut said...

I like skinny buildings too - they invite you in. I agree about the incongruity of Lassi's restaurant selection. Perhaps she became tired of baking pastry.

This is a warm, interesting photo, Brian.

renaye said...

i like those kind of skinny places. it gives me much more 'feel', nostalgic feelings and what's more is allowing my imagination to roam free. but unfortunately skinny places is not a trend or non-existent in kuala lumpur, malaysia.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez

Anonymous said...

Right around the corner on 7th ave, you can find another tiny, oddly angular shop - Sawa Sushi. Then, if you walk north on 7th, you will see an empty commercial space the exact same layout of Sawa Sushi for rent. I wonder how much they are charging for a space smaller than most McMansion's walk in closets!