Wednesday night No. 246 was buzzing with the energy of a hip new restaurant that comes out of the gate on fire and appears is here to stay. There was nary a miss in the numerous dishes we sampled. Here are a few of the hits:
We also started with three selections off the "Toasts" section at the top of the menu. This is basically 246's take on bruschetta with the choice of pates and dips to accompany really tasty farm bread. The cannellini beans was tasty as was the smoky pork rillettes with grainy mustard. The roasted fig preserves were a bit of a miss for me, as there was a bit too much vinegar...but no worries, that was really the only misstep of the night.
Another point worth noting is that the menu at 246 is really smartly priced for the realities of 2011. The most expensive large plate is $25, but most choices for small plates, pizzas, and pastas are under $20, with many choices around $12-$15. I should also point out that No. 246 has a very fair $10 corkage fee as long as the wine you bring in is not a wine on their list.
In summary, no. 246 hit all the right notes with me on my first visit and it will undoubtedly become part of my regular rotation.