[10:20 PM | 4 comments ]
I heard from friends that Pings was sold and that it had been bought out by the group that owns Pied A Terre, and La Buca. I am actually not sure if Pings was purchased or if the Cafeteria just took over their lease, either way what was once Pings is now The Cafeteria.
The interior went through a quick revamp. New lights, re upholstered seating, newly stained chairs and some large menu boards that represent the theme Cafeteria. I personally miss some of the Pings decor but there is nothing wrong with the way Cafeteria looks, and I am quite happy that I didn't have to wait behind a curtain like I have to at La Buca.
The menu was short and we were told that an item or two may change daily. Our tabled ordered the mushroom risotto (11.5 for the appetizer size, and 17 for the meal size), lobster tortellini (18.5) and the duck breast (19.5).
We all were very happy with our meals. The lobster which worried me when the server mentioned that it was only three tortellini was impressive in size. The tortellini were large and packed with lobster which made the meal a good deal even considering the super low market price of lobster. The duck breast was also delicious. Not fatty or rich, and cooked just right. The mushroom risotto I found very tasty as well and contained a good variety of mushrooms. A friend leaving the restaurant had mentioned it was only so so, but everyone at our table enjoyed it.
The La Buca / Pied A Terre group seems to know how to hit the ground running. Cafeteria is a great little spot and in the 5 days that it has been open seems to have all the bugs worked out.
2702 Main Street