88 Orchard Offering New Small Plate Menu

Posted on: February 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 am by

Starting tomorrow, 88 Orchard will be offering up a new “small plates” menu during the daily dinner rush.  After 6 pm, to be precise.  This culinary changeup is a move, in their own words, to “redefine itself.”

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From the Boogie inbox:

On Wednesday, February 3, local Lower East Side favorite 88 Orchard—at the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets—will be redefining itself with an all-new small-plates evening menu crafted by Mariko Makino.

The café will maintain its successful daytime breakfast and lunch service until 6 pm, at which point it will transform from counter service to table service. Customers will be treated to candlelit dining, a fresh new selection of beer and wine and an updated menu of comfort food and desserts.

A mix of American comfort foods with dashes of worldly cuisine mark Makino’s menu, which includes Chickpea and Butternut Squash Salad, Mango Jalapeño Quesadillas, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and 88’s rendering of sloppy Joes with lamb, red pepper and mint. In keeping with the café’s cozy, neighborly atmosphere, dishes have been specially designed for sharing. While 88 Orchard encourages patrons to come in to taste the new small plates, it welcomes those who are looking for a quiet place to relax with a great latte made from rich, aromatic Irving Farm beans.

In an effort to support local foods and businesses, 88 Orchard will offer cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers, dumplings from Vanessa’s Dumpling House, a rotating selection of gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato and bakery items from This Chick Bakes.

Additionally, a regular live music calendar will launch with a performance by jazz guitarist and neighborhood resident Adam Levy on Tuesday, February 16.

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Mixed Olives 3
Sweet & Spicy Nuts cayenne pepper and maple syrup 3
Bacon-Wrapped Dates stuffed with almonds 6
Salvatore Bklyn Ricotta, Honey and Thyme w/ toasted walnut raisin bread 7
Grilled Eggplant Dip with toasted baguette 5
Fromage select cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers

small plates

Wild Arugula and Orange Salad black olives, red onion and goat feta 6.75
Roasted Red and Golden Beet Salad goat cheese, walnuts and mixed greens (add chicken, 2) 7
Curried Apple Quinoa dried currants and roasted almonds 7.50
Chickpea and Butternut Squash Salad cucumber and tahini 6.75


Tomato Basil Soup grilled cheese croutons 7
Rosemary Ham & Brie pear, fig reduction and mustard on ciabatta 9
Not-So-Sloppy Joes lamb, red pepper and mint sliders 12
Mac ‘n’ Cheese white cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheeses topped with panko 8
Mango Jalapeño Quesadilla monterey jack, white cheddar and red onion (add chicken, 2) 7
Vanessa’s Pork Dumplings soy ginger and sweet chili dipping sauces 5


Peanut-Crusted Pound Cake Panini with banana and nutella, served with vanilla Il Laboratorio del Gelato 7
Mexican Hot Chocolate dark chocolate, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and artisanal marshmallows 5
Cookies and Milk chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies served with a glass of milk 5
Il Laboratorio del Gelato seasonal flavors, double dip (6) or triple dip (8)

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