Avenue B was established in 2009, giving it a fairly modern appeal to visitors. The chef, Chris Bonfili, focuses on "sophisticated simplicity", sourcing most of the seasonal ingredients from local produce, making the food as fresh and enjoyable as possible. Bonfili fuses several aspects of the American cuisine together to provide complex, but simple dishes like no other.
To be honest, the location is a bit dodgy. Squished between a funeral service and a public parking lot, we could barely make out where it was. The entrance to the restaurant was a tiny platform that could barely fit 5 people. Thankfully, the waitress noticed us shortly after arrival and seated us near the entrance. The restaurant interior and layout was very simple and quite small. However from the candle sticks and fancy purple table cloths, I could tell it was a rather elegant restaurant.
We started off with Asparagus & green bean tempura- sweet pepper emulsion, espelette aioli. The vegetables were perfectly battered with a crunchy covering. It was delightful and the aioli is probably one of the best dipping sauces I've had. I loved how they combined aspects of the Japanese cuisine with French aioli and American sweet pepper emulsion and asparagus.
Avenue B was definitely one of the most unique fusion restaurants I have been to. The combination of deliciously simple foods and friendly service is definitely worth stopping by at.
Avenue B: 5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, United States