Murray Hill's outpost of Terroir shuttered in March but the space wasn't vacant for long, with new restaurant Broken Spoke Rotisserie debuting tonight on Third Avenue. Chef Ed Carew, whose credits include Spasso, Gramercy Tavern and Craftbar, employs the rotisserie model with his newest spot, offering whole roasted chickens in addition to small snacks, salads and sides. Think of it as a palate cleanser to all that fried chicken that's currently enjoying a moment in NYC.
Broken Spoke—a reference to Carew's love of cycling—offers three rotisserie meats, including chicken (whole $22, half $13.50), Heritage Breed Pork ($15) and a "Beast of the Week," which were told will be a "rotating non-poultry special." Each plate of meat comes with spicy chimichuri, "pickled things" and fresh local tortillas; Carew says his travels in Central America influenced the creation of his menu.
Those cuisines are represented in some of the snacks, too, like Empanadas ($15) and Long Island Ceviche ($7). The Cesar Chavez Salad ($8.50/$14) breaks from tradition with summer veggies, fried pig's ear, a soft-boiled egg, cotija cheese and a spicy Caesar dressing. Sides like a Tomato and Charred Corn Medley ($5) and House Pickled Coleslaw ($5) complete the menu.
439 3rd Avenue, 212-889-6298; website