Rate Your RW Meals
Hi CH's....here's my list (in order of preference) of RW lunches, with highlights:
1. EMP (sous vide salmon)
2. Nobu (rock shrimp temp. in creamy,spicy sauce, black cod miso)
3. Megu (Kobe beef/rice, green tea mille-feuille...and temple bell & samurai armor)
4. Periyali (moussaka...only meal from which I emerged FULL/SATED)
5. Morimoto (angry chicken)
6. Kittichai (strip steak...and central pool with floating candles)
7. Alto (panna cotta)
8. Lure Fishbar (thick consistency of N.E. chowder & bacon)
RW is always an interesting/revealing way to see which restaurants care to show something of themselves...class is class....
Curious to see other CH's reactions/preference lists.
In order of preference
Asiate - nice seared tuna salad starter with a combination of bitter greens
Aquavit - gravlax (2 years ago) and who could forget their arctic circle dessert?
Perry Street- striped bass poached in fragrant oil
Aureole - service was great although I forget the meal
Vong - I had some sort of chicken curry dish, but if I closed my eyes, it could have been any "thai" restaurant in Manhattan
DB Bistro - Boo! bad service, mediocre food
China Grill - awful, although they gave us a salad large enought to feed 4.
Park Avenue Summer: the initial impression was not good. Lots of bad vibe about ordering off the RW menu. I felt like one of the younger people in the room (and I am almost 50!). It doesn't seem like it draws outside of the neighborhood (and it is 63rd and Park...).
Do you think they could make the RW menu any smaller? It was maybe 4 inches square. But the food was really good and service came around. Excellent bread/oil. I had the scallops (which had a nice curry flavor) and fish Milanese. Very expensive wine list. Not sure I'd go back at regular prices, but a business dinner would be nice.
Perry Street: excellent meal, although for the life of me I can't remember what I ate! I love the look of the place. Service was very friendly and pace was good. The year-round RW-priced lunch is a good deal, too. I'd go back to Perry Street on at regular prices.
1) Mesa Grill - Chile relleno - I am a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore, cries of "Hallelujah" went up from me when I discovered the Atkins diet, but the vegetarian chiles rellenos were so flavorful and exciting that I tried to convince my friends to come back for lunch so I could have them again.
2) Butter - Short ribs - service was lacking (as always), but the food was good enough that I can overlook being seated 30 minutes too late.
3) Tribeca Grill - cauliflower soup - nothing else really stood out. I likely won't go back.
I still intend on going to a few more that have extended their specials through Labor Day including Alfama, Asiate, Compass and a repeat performance at Alto.
1. EMP - Slow Roasted Salmon in White Tomato Foam
2. The Bar Room at the Modern - Tomato and Almond Gazpacho with Mediterranean Rouget and Arctic Char Tartare
3. Aquavit Cafe - Chilled Avocado Soup and Herring Sampler
4. Aureole - Seared Hake with Summer Beans
EMP was the biggest disappointment for RW - the food wasn't as great as before. The top restaurant that I've went to during RW was either Aureole (great service, good food overall) or The Bar Room at the Modern.
All the places' desserts were sub par, IMO.
While my friend and I ordered similar dishes at the Bar Room, my experience was completely opposite from yours. I thought the artic char tartare was bland and uninspiring. The morels and the sweetbread that accompanied the gnocchi tasted fine, the gnocchi itself was very gummy. I know it is not fair to compare gnocchi from a bar to an Italian restaurant, but when I tasted the gnocchi I kept thinking, "man, the gnocchi at Babbo or Del Posto was soooo much better." We left most of the gnocchi untouched.
We also ordered the egg in a jar and the foie gras torchon (not in the RW menu). Those two dishes were excellent! We both felt that the RW menu was not a good reflection of what the Bar Room can best offer. What a shame.
I only went to EMP and Bread Bar. I went to EMP alone and must say that they provided me excellent service and did not make me feel weird at all. Service was great, food delicious, and they even gave me a complimentary coffee!
Bread Bar was not so great for me. The chicken dish was nice, however, the chutney that came with it was not good. The lentil chaat for the starter was just okay. I can find more delicious food in a regular indian restaurant. I wouldn't come back.
I wanted to try Kittichai.....maybe next time.