Thursday, November 19, 2015
EAT: FRESH JAPANESE AT CHOPPED PARSLEY
Looking at the menu, most of the prices were under $10 and the standard rolls were closer to the $5.00 mark but we wanted something without sesame seeds. Fancier roll specials were a couple of dollars more and the eel avocado Dragon roll turned out to be one of the best we have tried in recent memories. A salad of arugula, seared salmon and sweet pears for $7 which had a lot of the fruit hidden underneath was surprisingly good. At that point, we made a mental note to try some of the more classic maki rolls in the future with a request to not add the sesame seeds on the outside.
We had to try the saba appetizer for $5 at the end since our prior two plates had impressed us quite a bit and the pickled mackerel was the closest to a sashimi dish that the tiny eatery serves up. Needles to say, this was probably our favorite dish of the night amongst some pretty strong contenders. Our opinion now is that for the price and value, the cozy Chopped Parsley is a highly recommended neighborhood spot that might not have all the fancy flourishes of the bigger names out there but is really just straight forward good food. With that said, prices are also a plus since one can definitely drop by a couple times a week to have a quick bite and a coffee or tea.
The official grand opening is on Friday but those who want to try the new cafe today at 500 West 146th street can drop by mid afternoon or early evenings for the soft opening.