A new foodie haven opened up on the Lower East Side in January featuring elevated take out French cuisine by Wesley Wobles, the executive chef behind acclaimed NYC and Parisian restaurants Le Midi, Lumiere, Sugar Hill Bistro and others. He has just opened his first standalone effort at 70 East 1st Street, called Pinky’s Space in the East Village, and I couldn’t be more excited!
In addition to his time running NYC and Parisian kitchens, Wobles served as a Private Chef for iconic businessmen and politicians, including Bill Clinton and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Wobles’ new venture, Pinky’s Space, is a Southern-French hybrid restaurant serving elevated takeout in the cutest way. I first fell in love with the small space, decor, and colorful walls. Then I met Wesley and his partner, and knew this was going to be a restaurant I will be frequenting for take away cravings! When you enter, you immediately notice the very colorful art wall which is the perfect Instagram-able wall to take pictures of all the delicious food you will want to order. They serve all their dishes in perfectly portioned bowls that you can mix and match to make the perfect meal to go. There are an array of menu items to choose from, and even though there are just a few selections, it’s a lot of great options so you can easily take out a few days a week and have different options every time.
They produce menu items for every palate, including both meat lovers and vegetarian options. Everything is made fresh to order, and when I arrived at space a few weeks ago, I was greeted by the team and the intense aroma of the braised brisket cooking; it was a mouthwatering sensory experience that you will want to have! Everything here is good, and that’s not just because this is a review. I really was impressed with each and everything I tasted, which was more than half the menu. You can order a meal here and have leftovers to take home, which they will provide you with an adorably decorated cake box to take your meal home in. Besides the decor, charming service, and menu options, some of the favorite dishes I tasted were the Braised Brisket with au jus and orange shallot marmalade. Here Wesley put it on his famous Cloud Biscuits for me, which are insanely addicting and unlike any biscuit I have tasted before. On top of that Pinky’s Space also offers Roasted Turkey Breast with veloute, lingonberry jam and watercress, Sausage & Thyme Country Gravy with fresh apple, and Space Cake, which is a cosmic confection of red velvet, brownie, and banana yogurt cake with chocolate chunks and cherries. If you’re vegetarian and want to enjoy something amazing, they also make a vegetable spiral salad and my favorite, the Kabuki’s Jamaican Curry Couscous, with baby Brussel sprouts, seasonal vegetables, and dried apricots.
When the weather gets nice, I absolutely recommend doing a Lower East Side culinary exploration and stopping by Pinky’s Space for a bite or two is a must! Take some time to head down to 1st Street for the braised brisket, cloud biscuits, and space cake… you will be so thankful you did!