Market in the W. Very Good.
We recently had dinner at Market in the W hotel and were very impressed. It's a very nice room without being at all stuffy. The food is creative, but not for creative's sake. Everything we had was very good, despite what often seemed to be an odd mix of ingredients.
For an appetizer I had the carmalized cauliflower and scallops with rasin/caper emulsion. It was delicious. Raisins and capers, who would have thunk? DC had shrimp with pumpkin ginger basil sauce. Another winner.
For dinner I had the haddock with parsnip puree and minted cocunut juice. This sauce was fantastic. I was really tempted to pick up the bowl and drink it. DC had the cod in miso broth which she really enjoyed. I tasted the miso broth and it was very flavorful without being salty.
We did not have desert, just coffee and a sambuca. But I regretted it when I saw the couple next to us get a souflee (mango I think?) with a scoop of ice cream (banana I think?)
The service from the minute we walked in was friendly and excellent. A number of different people were taking care of our table, but everything was seeamless. We had a bottle of white wine. It was kept chilled out of sight, but our glasses were never empty.
For the quality of the food and service the prices were reasonable. Everything was a la carte, but only one entree was over $30 (the steak).
The only tiny complaint I had was that the flowers on the table were on their last leg.
Also, not really a complaint, but an observation, is that the before-dinner bread service was kind of boring considering the uniqueness of much of the menu. The choices were white bread and a typical multi-grain. Still, they were good.
I hope to get back there soon.
I just had lunch there the other day and was not impressed. The food was good, but nothing wowed me. Tuna tartare, fine but not special. Salad with shrimp, needed more dressing as greens were very dry. Chicken with panko on one side, ok but a usual dish. I expected much more from this place.
I agree with RichardA. Had lunch and only had one really outstanding taste: a goat cheese souffle starter with beets and pistachios. Otherwise everything was so-so (including those scallops that the OP loved---and by the way, the Sicilians have been doing raisins and capers for eons) and the service was ABOMINABLE! It took 2.5 hours for lunch (lunch!) and the waiter spilled things on us, poured coffee from 2 feet above my mug, and was generally a sourpuss. Only saving grace was that the prices were reasonable, and yet still I would not call it a good value. The menu (aside from the goat cheese souffle) plays it awfully safe, with very little innovation.