There’s a moment in every psychological thriller when you think, “Why did I just pay $9.99 to rent this on-demand?” That’s because pretty much every one of these is boring for the first hour and 45 minutes, and then all the sudden, there’s a huge twist and you immediately text everyone you know telling them they have to see it, having completely forgotten that you spent three quarters of the movie trying not to fall asleep.
That’s kind of how we feel about Abe Fisher, and here’s why. They serve these Montreal-style smoked short ribs that come in long slabs of smokey, perfectly-seasoned slices, and you definitely do not need a knife to cut them. They kind of taste like pastrami, but better than any pastrami we’ve ever eaten. The problem is, up until your short ribs come, the rest of the meal is pretty unexciting.
If you do the tasting menu option (which you absolutely should since it’s the only way to order the short ribs), you’ll get a bunch of starters, like borscht tartare and bluefish croquettes, but it’s all just okay. Once you have the short ribs in front of you, though, you’ll probably forget about everything else and leave dinner telling your family, friends, and anyone else who will listen to you that they have to make a reservation at Abe Fisher.
And we’re kind of OK with that, because even though we think a majority of the food is unmemorable, the space is a generally fun place to hang out. It somehow looks trendy even though it seems confused as to what decade it’s supposed to be from - possibly the 70s, but maybe the 80s? It also draws a pretty diverse crowd, and on any given night, you’ll probably see a first date at the bar where at least one of the two is too drunk, a grandmother taking her college-aged grandson to a nice dinner in the city, and at least four or five tables of people on their way to the theater.
We recommend you come here for the short ribs at least once, because it’s a dish we think everyone should try. But at risk of ruining the ending for you, we think you can pretty much skip through the first hour or so of dinner and save your appetite for the main course.
The crudo is super fresh and the fish goes well with the apple and mint salad that comes on top of it. It’s a good way to start your meal.
We liked these, but didn’t love them. If you want seafood, get the crudo instead.
A perfectly fine chicken liver mousse that comes with an assortment of house breads. We like the fluffy one that’s grilled in schmaltz, but they’ll all do.
This is the reason you come here. They sometimes run out of short ribs on super busy nights, so we recommend you call ahead and tell them to set aside a few orders for your table. They’ll be happy to do so, and you’ll be happy you made the call.
This is generally unmemorable and we wouldn’t order it again.
A really great dessert if you still have any room left after the short ribs. The chocolate is super light and fluffy, and the maple syrup they pour on top makes the whole thing taste kind of like chocolate chip pancakes. We would definitely eat this for breakfast if we could.
We liked this, but if you’re getting dessert, go with the bacon and egg cream.