After cooking around town, including at the late, lamented Encore, Paul Reilly and his sister, Aileen, finally got to open a place of their own last year. And what a place it is! Beast + Bottle
, at 719 East 17th Avenue, is the restaurant "we conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. It's a seasonally inspired farm-to-fork operation, a nose-to-tail restaurant -- and while you might think Beast + Bottle has come a little late to that party, rather than seeming passé, the restaurant feels expansive, quirky and worldly, as the menu travels from Colorado to Maine to Italy to North Africa in the span of twenty dishes. Given the crowds that come here, on many nights Beast + Bottle is
the party. While Aileen handles the front of the house (a lovely patio and narrow but cozy dining room), Paul works wonders in the kitchen.
See also: From farm-to-fork, nose-to-tail, Beast + Bottle is full of delightful surprises