Downtown seems like a revolving door of restaurants. (Remember The Commissary? The Greek? Fedora?) But the area’s latest installment is one we think will stick around.
Hello, Proof + Pantry.
Located in One Arts Plaza, Proof comes courtesy of barman Michael Martensen and chef Kyle McClelland (both of Cedar Social fame), and the vibe is reliably edgy and comfortable.
The hefty drink menu focuses on obscure liquors and creative mixers. We love the Livin’ in Paradise (Rosa fortified wine, dry curaçao and bitter lemon soda) and the Slipper (Dimmi liqueur, dry vermouth, tonic and lemon oils), both of which are subtly sweet with a minimal alcohol taste ($11 each).
As for the food offerings, they’re great for parties who can share nicely (ideally two or three people). The 12-ounce bone-in pork chop ($38) is served over an enormous bed of perfectly wilted kale and spinach. The house-made pasta is tossed with grilled lobster meat, pesto sauce and a runny egg, and then topped with white truffle shavings ($38).
Need more proof this place isn’t a flash in the pan? Try the Livin’ in Paradise recipe at home, then make a reservation.