NoMad on St. Pat's
Celebrating St. Patrick's day, seven of us convened at NoMad for a light hearted and fun early Sunday evening dinner. Appetizers included a piquant radicchio salad, wonderful and surprisingly light king crab tagliatelle, an artery clogging foie gras served on brioche toast with a hint of licorice (not anise!) and sashimi tuna over lettuce with shaved parmesan. Great freshly baked flat bread. Eclectic and quite complicated flavors that continued through the night. Several folks shared signature chickens for two (more foie gras and touch of truffle oil). The duck was superb, perfectly cooked through with a touch of crisp; day boat scallops were nicely seasoned with a "noir" sauce and the lobster looked like it was served in a bubble bath, surrounded by the glories of foam. The milk and honey dessert out shone the coconut and chocolate offerings; but each capped of an evening of very carefully composed and complicated dining. The daunting wine list took a little digging, but we were able to come up with a youngish 2010 burgundy which opened up well (and to be fair we were more intrigued by how the year was shaping up than finesse) and then moved on to a quite lovely 2008 Beaune with some real terroir. All and all a tasty and interesting evening with good friends in a somewhat overpowering but very amusing room. Go with a sense of humor and adventure and you won't be disappointed.