Finally Made it to Applewood
Not sure what took us so long, but we finally made it to Applewood last night. We showed up about 7pm without reservations and they were able to seat us outside out front right away.
It was an outstanding experience in every way. I can't remember the last time I had such a hard time choosing what to eat, everything sounded so good. We started with great and refreshing cocktails, I had the cantaloupe martini and she had the honeydew margarita. Both great.
Small plates were beef tartar for me and she had the organic snap pea salad. Their take on beef tartar was wonderful, more like a ground beef than the thin strips you usually get. The salad was also fresh and very tasty.
Entrees were lamb loin and fennel sausage for her and day boat halibut comfit on a bed of greens. Really really well prepared, great fresh ingredients, we were both astounded at how good it was (and keep in mind I'm usually the meat and potatoes guy - we had a weird role reversal but were each completely satisfied).
Ended with the fallen chocolate soufflé and a glass of armagnac (nice selection by the way).
This place has definitely moved up into out regular rotation. I guess we need to get out more!
Good luck "working your way through the entire menu".
While many core entrees and appetizers are always there -- some form of pork belly, some form of duck, some form or lamb, some form of scallops -- the way they're prepared changes almost every single day.
My first reaction is one of "Oh, how much could it matter what they do with the pork belly. It's still pork belly." But I've learned, through ordering the "same thing" again and again, that the core entree (the protein as they call it) is really just a background against which the other ingredients are set. Changing them up makes a BIG difference and make it essentially impossible to "eat your way through the whole menu". ;)
You know, come to think of it, this is probably one of the major reasons why I've been to Applewood 15+ times in the last 15 months when there's no other place I've been more than 3 or 4.
As far as negative posts, people, of course, are entitled to their opinion. My theory is that with so many incredibly strong reviews, when someone has a negative experience (which is, of course, possible) the individual feels they need to post an incredibly strong negative review to feel validated.
That, or some people are just grumpy. ;)
Peter in the Heights
Glad you finally made it to my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn.
If you're a "meat and potatoes" guy as you say, next time aim for either the duck breast or the braised pork belly. I know they're more savory dishes that one expects to eat in the Fall/Winter, but the chef always pairs them with appropriate seasonal sauces and vegetables in a way that never disappoints and frequently blows you away (think braised pork belly on a bed of rhubarb compote.)
Peter in the Heights