Robert at the Museum of Arts & Design
Have a non-foodie guest coming into town. Took her to MOMA & lunch last year.
Thought of combining a visit to the museum along w/lunch at their resto, Robert
which will also give her a view of NY.
I am the one into food, not her & wondered if any have dined there -- or is it deemed
with thanks for replies -
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
I had dinner at Robert this past Saturday for a birthday celebration. The place was hopping. And I will report that it has its strengths and is not at all a bad place to eat, despite some reports to the contrary. First, there is the view, which is killer, and the service, which was very professional and choreographed like a ballet - we were a group of eight, and a small army of servers descended on us so that every plate was delivered simultaneously and with grace. The room is a little strange, though, in that there's too much pink lucite (I'm not sure what the right amount is, but this was definitely too much) and a video screen showing something that may have been cherry trees blossoming, or animate tinker toys.
I had the trio of crudo to start: a Wellfleet oyster (fine, but a bit too warm), hamachi (not so good), and rock shrimp ceviche (really excellent, and I'd come back just for that). My second course was a spring pea ravioli, which was a tad gummy, but nice enough. I also tasted several other dishes. The penne with tomato sauce and basil was nothing fancy or earth-shattering, but it was solid and pleasing. The striped bass was crisp, although a bit oversalted. And the salmon with truffle vinaigrette was very tasty - I regretted not ordering it.
I almost always opt for a gin cocktail, even though the trend of late is to pour Hendrick's all over an herb salad and call it a drink. And that was the Olmstead, a glass full of liquored up basil and thyme and rosemary. It tasted great, but it's a bit hard to enjoy something that you need to strain through your teeth.