UBK Casts a Menu of SoHaute Flavors in SoHo

Newly opened, UBK has cast a line of global inspired menu options, to reel in the most discriminating taste buds. At UBK’s soft opening and invite only the other week, this Bella was caught between California dreaming and NYC with one bite of the Chronic Fish Tacos. And something tells me, that if Debbie Harry tried the Cauliflower Au Gratin, she might be singing:

Roll me in designer napkins and Call Me, Call Me…  Call me anytime UBK! Therefore, might I suggest they rename it Call Me Anytime Cauliflower.

UBK Cauliflower Au Gratin

 

Okay, so Debbie Harry was not there. But LA artist Clifford Bailey was present with his sketchbook, filled with notables like Woody Allen and now yours truly…Boston Scarlette.

UBK- Clifford Bailey Sketches Woody Allen  UBK Clifford Bailey Sketches Boston Scarlette

Bailey came to support his friend: Owner and Executive Chef Jonathan Renert of UBK. Bailey’s artwork captures the spirit of SoHo and compliments the ambience of UBK…inviting restaurant goers to enjoy the New American Global Cuisine as if it is art on their tongue.

UBK- Artist Clifford Bailey (left) and Owner Jonathan Renert (right)  UBK West SoHo- art by Clifford Bailey

 

Ready to discover UBK’s menu, this Bella started the evening with a Trouble Maker cocktail: but fell in love with the Geisha. Why is that? Well, the Geisha entertained my taste buds with a blend of Herbaceous Lemon Vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, cucumber, strawberry and a splash of sparkling wine.

UBK Geisha Cocktail

Sitting at my table for two, was like being in culinary pleasure quarters…waiting for the next great delight. The first course enjoyed, was Clam Chowder with House Smoked Bacon, Onions, Leeks and Potatoes… and Hamachi Tartare with Citrus Soy Dressing.

UBK Hamachi Tartare

It was evident that UBK’s owner and Executive Chef Jonathan Renert had mastered the art of making this Geisha gulping girl happy. Techniques he learned while he apprenticed in Japan with second generation Yakilori master were revealed in his depths of flavors.  Unexpected notes hit the palette and I was torn between wanting more of the same, and having the next course.

But with twenty four hour House Marinated Hanger Steak at UBK, the next course was welcomed with an open mouth: as my guest and I devoured its tenderness. We were also treated to California inspired Chronic Fish Tacos… Panko Fried with Ancho Chili Slaw. I might be a Bella “Girl On The Go”, but I was not going anywhere until I finished my plates! Can I say…divine, delish, and simply yum?  The Rosemary Fries paired perfect with the Hanger Steak. And UBK’s Cauliflower Au Gratin is more than a side dish… it needs to be a star. It sang to me all night, and I will absolutely be going back for more.

UBK Hangar Steak and Cauliflower Au Gratin  UBK Chronic Fish Tacos

UBK finished the evening with splendid desserts perfect for a true Bella: Ancho Chili Brownies and Peanut Crunch Chimichangas with Vanilla Bean Ice cream.  Now I love Peanut Butter, so this was like eating a sealed kiss of approval. But after looking over the full menu: I found Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies topped with Salted Caramel. Why were these not at the private tasting? Oh UBK, you are reeling me back in!

UBK Ancho Chili Brownies  UBK Peanut Crunch Chimichangas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

UBK is a union of so many flavors, people and plates: hence the full name…Union Bar & Kitchen. The New American Global menu knows every area code and will keep calling your taste buds long after your gone. UBK has got my number and will have my continued patronage. I have to say everything was delish and fresh…even the cocktails! UBK is a culinary stroke of genius and has evoked the art of making great food without discriminating influences.

To see what UBK has to offer your palettes… make sure to visit them at 300 Spring Street (near Houston) in West SoHo or visit their website.  For more on Clifford Bailey and his sketches, inquire at his website. And as always… follow me here and tweet me places you would like to know more about at @BostonScarlette!

UBK- Clifford Bailey Sketch of Boston Scarlette

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