New York Trip Reviewed
I just returned from my trip to New York. I would like to thank you all for your suggestions and comments on my previous post. Some restaurants we weren't able to go to because we were to exhausted to travel across the city and back.
Luke's Lobster: Excellent Value and Great Tasting, nothing else to say.
Lunch at Le Bernardin: This was equally the best and worst meal I had on the trip. The meal started out with a wonderful smoked salmon spread with. The first course however I could barely stomach and probably should have asked if I could get something else. I had the "surf and turf", roasted bone marrow and sea urchin and bacon crisp. The entire plate was overly salty, slimy, and disgusting. But, the restaurant quickly redeemed itself with the next course, black bass. The fish was cooked perfectly and married superbly with the sauce and acorn squash, and the top skin added a nice crunch. The dessert was also amazing, a carmel and coffee combo that ended the meal nicely. In conclusion, I regret ordering the surf and turf as the rest of the meal was extraordinary, and the bass was the best fish I had ever had.
Dinner at Café Boulud instead of a planned Little Owl: Although I was disappointed about being unable to go to the Little Owl, I had always wanted to go to Café Boulud after my trip to Daniel. I had not ordered an appetizer originally but since the rest of the table did, the chef brought me a complementary butternut squash soup that warmed me up for the rest of the meal. My main course was a goat cheese ravioli, with pasta better than most italian restaurants. I'm glad we went here and finally got to try Café Boulud, but will have to wait for The Little Owl until next time.
Lunch at per se: This was the most superlative meal I have had and will ever have in my life. We started off with the standard salmon crepenettes and cheese balls, which were both great. Our first course was "Oysters and Pearls", which exceeded my expectations of this famous dish. The warm mixture of the tapioca and caviar just sent me to another world. The second course I opted for the supplement of the fois gras instead of potatoes. It was topped with a cherry gelée and was well worth the extra charge. For the third course it was a seared sea scallop, and although I don't normally like scallops this was an exception. The fourth course was lamb neck with a mint reduction, on par with the rest of the meal, divine tasting and cooked to perfection. For dessert, I had "chocolate popcorn" an interesting take on sweet and salty done in an excellent. The after meal desserts were definitely overload and wish I could have eaten it all. The usual frozen cappuccino and doughnuts, the little chocolates, the dessert tower, and the take home chocolate cookies, all were excellent and made the meal even more worth the cost. Overall, I wish to return very soon and even wondered why the meal didn't cost more than it did.
Was too full for dinner
Lunch at Café China (nobody warned that Szechuan Gourmet was closed!): Chinese food at its best and a well deserved michelin star. Had the sweet and sour baby ribs, and couldn't get enough of them. Great Lunch
Dinner at Asiate (Mandarin Oriental)(instead of Momofuku Ssam Bar): Asiate was basically normal food, that is expensive for the view, However, I could look down on the city for days if Asiate was the cost. Had dumplings that were average, saw the sliders that looked good.
Washington D.C. for two nights
Dinner at Babbo: Excellent dinner, surprised it doesn't have a Michelin star. Had the famous black spaghetti with rock shrimp, which has well deserved hype. Service is definitely a strong suit, and the upstairs was very romantic and intimate. Also a good value, will come back for the pasta tasting menu next time.
Lunch at Jean-Georges: Best value in the city, too bad I felt slightly nauseous. We left NYC to go home right after this lunch and it was a perfect end to the trip. Started with a pea amuse bouche, which was creative and original. Then had the peekytoe crab dumplings, in a divine sauce that I can't seem to remember. The pairings went together well, and Jean Georges certainly knowns how to make sauces. My main course was red snapper in a lime and herb broth over a lettuce puree. The Fish was great, but I couldn't help but compare it with Le Bernardin, and it fell short. Still, very good and the first time I have had snapper. We opted for dessert, and I had carmel and chocolate. Overall an amazing meal, and glad I went.
This 5th trip rounded out the restaurants that I wanted to go to. Chefs Table still intrigues me and Bouley will definitely be on my list for my next visit. Thanks again for all your help.
-Until Next Time, lhenry