Nick Morgenstern (formerly of the General Greene) and Chef Joel Hough (from Cookshop) have joined forces to open Goat Town in the East 5th Street space formerly occupied by Butcher Bay and Seymour Burton. The restaurant’s name is inspired by Washington Irving, who was the first to coin the term, "Gotham," which originated from the Anglo-Saxon "Goat’s Town." Chef Hough is described as "a loyal disciple of the farm to table philosophy," and so the menu will feature herbs and vegetables grown in the backyard garden. And this being 2010, he'll also be jarring, preserving, and pickling their harvests in-house.
Goat Town's cuisine emphasizes "authentic and flavorful American classics," such as a Grilled Tri-Tip Steak (pasture raised beef, fork smashed potatoes, roasted champignon & bearnaise, $24). You might also be interested in a Roast Pork Sandwich (heritage pork shoulder, spicy pickles, fries, & ‘gravy’, $15); or perhaps the Seared Block Island Swordfish (farro, preserved lemon, pistachios, golden raisins, lucques olives, & broth, $22). Goat Town is also doing a Happy Hour menu from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with drink/food combos like Burger and a Beer ($14), ½ Dozen Oysters and a glass of Muscadet ($20), and the special Happy Hour Seafood Tower ($30).
Like its predecessors, Goat Town has a beer and wine license, but no liquor, so Leif Huckman (most recently from Marlow & Sons) has had to get creative with the mocktails. These include the Goat Town Shandy (Housemade lemonade infused with garden herbs [anise-hyssop, mint, and chamomile] and Pilsner) and the Goat Town Cocktail (fresh pressed lemon juice, burnt sugar syrup, Muscadet, Amaro and a red wine float). But if that's not your thing, there's also an extensive beer selection, ranging from "lowbrow" canned classics to large format bottles. The place is now open for dinner nightly and brunch on weekends.
Goat Town // 511 East 5th Street // (212) 687-3641