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Eastern Standard-new menu item

lissy Mar 2, 2009 07:24 AM

Several of us hit ESK Saturday night for flowing cocktails and some good chow. Our friendly neighborhood bartenders pointed us toward some new items on the menu, one of which we just couldn't resist. It was an appetizer of succulent and tender lobster in house made puff pastry served in a brandy cream sauce. There was not a drop of sauce leftover on our place as we sopped every last bit of it up with bread and as one of said that night "I could bathe myself in this stuff it's so good". We also tried the tilefish ceviche served with house made potato, taro and lotus root chips which was a very fresh, citrusy dish. Despite the decadent beginning, I continued on with the raclette but requested it be prepared "the old way" with cornichons and potatoes instead of apples. It was oozey cheesey goodness as always. I also had the pleasure of a bite of the perfectly cooked strip steak (it was a very large hunk of meat) that was served with gratin potatoes (though my DC doubled down on the potatoes and also ordered a side of mashed potatoes since she loves them so much).

I can't believe my memory of the food is this good after having had two vespers, one jasmine and two very large glasses of rose cava!

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    Blumie RE: lissy Mar 2, 2009 10:34 AM

    It's great to read of your obviously delicious visit to ESK. Although I didn't post about it, my last experience there was not very good: a bartender who didn't tell me that there were special additions to the late night menu (I learned only when I overheard a different bartender inform the couple sitting next to me of the specials -- and I would have ordered one of them!) and an overcooked burger. Your post is a good reminder not to write off a place after one bad experience.

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      lissy RE: Blumie Mar 2, 2009 04:27 PM

      I have no patience for overcooked burgers so I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience. My most recent visit previous to this one was somewhat lukewarm but for me, ESK hits way more than it misses.

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        Blumie RE: lissy Mar 2, 2009 04:51 PM

        Were it not already almost midnight on a school night, I would've sent it back (and ordered the special burger -- bacon and bourbon onions -- that the bartender forgot to tell me about).

    2. BobB RE: lissy Mar 3, 2009 12:14 PM

      That lobster dish sounds like a variation on Belgian waterzooi.

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