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May 28, 2008 06:12 PM

Eastern Standard - Whats THE Best...?!

So Im going to Eastern Standard tomorrow night for my birthday. Just me and the lady. Taking off Friday from work, but since everyone else I know will be home sleeping, Im really looking to spend the night relaxing at ESK.

I have an 830 reservation, but plan on sitting on the patio for a drink before hand. The plan post meal is to sit in the lounge area until they kick us out.

So folks, Ive been before and since I am a huge fan of the raw bar & offal/charcuterie I tend to mix and match this stuff with some beers. However, this time Id like to get some real apps and entrees. Whats good on the menu right now (including raw bar and nasty bits)???

I also love a good cocktail, but Im a fairly traditional guy when it comes to that. Their drink menu excites and scares me. Enlighten me.

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  1. is this the current menu on the website?

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    1. re: Zopper

      No, the on-line menu's not current. I'm not sure they've updated it since they opened. They do have some standards that are always on the menu, though. I was there last week, so if you have any specific questions about what's being offered now, just ask and I might remember.

      I can tell you that the asparagus soup has been replaced by a good gazpacho. Their grilled cheese sandwich is fantastic. They don't have the chocolate bread pudding, but have a terrific strawberry shortcake.

      I was disappointed by the cocktails I've had there: a Jack Rose and a Periodista. Maybe some of the other cocktails are better.

    2. I wouldn't bet a lot of $$ on that being the current menu online, but I can't be sure. I've always been a fan of their foie gras, but I have noticed the portion size shrinking over time.

      If you want to test your cocktail boundaries; I love their Pisco Sour. Generally speaking the wait staff is very knowledgeable about the cocktail menu and can safely guide you towards your happy place.

      Have a great B-day and be sure to report back

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      1. re: Food4Thought

        What did you have the last time you were there, was it good or bad?

        Anyone get oysters?

      2. If you're a traditionalist, sample a few things off the "Lineage / Legacy" section of the cocktail list: old school in the real sense. I had my first Hoskins here, a really terrific drink, good looking and a lot of different, well-balanced flavors in the glass. Or an Aviation, a gin cocktail that even gin haters like. Any of the Manhattan variants: a Moto Guzzi, Red Hook, Green Point,

        Roasted marrow, salt cod fritters, steak frites, a fish dish whose name escapes me (very simple preparation, likely pan-sauteed, a species I don't see a lot of, probably a special I had two summers ago, but I still remember it fondly, if dimly.) The charcuterie plate on my last visit was stunning, six different items (it used to be three or four), and included rabbit, foie gras pate, pork, and game bird (pheasant, maybe?) Very nice to have a bunch of smaller tastes.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          the charcuterie plate *is* outstanding. I have failed to branch out to try other items as I have a really hard time resisting the charcuterie.

          Oysters have always been fresh and juicy, and the times we indulged, there were two or three varieties to choose from.

          I had my first Negroni last time I was there - wow. It was a generous portion, pretty much put me on my ass, but it was really really tasty.

          Has anyone tried the ceviche? I just noticed it on the menu - I can't believe I missed it before!

        2. Im kind of a whore for the charcuterie and cheese plates. For less than $25 bucks you get a huge assortment of different tastes that you can eat over the course of a few glasses of wine.

          Its what I always do and i wanted something different, though I think i will end up doing my typical ESK ritual of the almost 2 hour "premeal"

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          1. re: Zopper

            They make a really nice sazerac.

          2. My husband raves about ES's Sazerac... and he's very picky indeed.

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            1. re: nayiri

              The menu has not been updated online since day 1, and I complained about it to the manager when I was last there about a week ago. I also begged him to bring back the wonderful veal schnitzel.

              The gaspacho was tangy and good, as Polly Styrene mentioned above. For entree I had an old standby, the salmon. The mustard glaze is superb. DC loved his pork special -- loin or chop I don't recall. We shared a cheese plate afterward, which, oddly, was 3 different goat cheeses. All good.

              1. re: triple creme

                One more thing. For what it's worth, the couple next to us complained bitterly to the manager about the calamari. Heavy, soggy breading and too-rubbery squid.

                They seemed to like everything else and took leftovers home in doggy bags.

                1. re: triple creme

                  It looks like the manager took your complaint seriously. The on-line menu has actually been updated.

                  1. re: pollystyrene

                    Thanks Polly, and your name brings back cherished memories of X-ray Spex.

                2. re: nayiri

                  try Deep Ellum for a Really Good Sazerac,

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    I also really like the Sazerac at Green Street. Misty makes a mean cocktail, for sure.

                  2. re: nayiri

                    Do they use absinthe in their Sazerac now that it's legal?

                    1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                      yes, yes they do.
                      and if you want the full Absinthe Experience, they do that too.