Long Island Duck Breast, Red Cabbage, Pumpkin Flan, Roasted Apples, Black Currant Gastrique
Golden Beets, Fromage Blanc, Salmon Pearls, Horseradish
Braised Beef Short Ribs Whipped Parsnips, Apple Smoked Bacon, Brussels Sprouts
Lemon Cake, Raspberry Frangipane, Crème Anglaise
I have never been a big fan of NYC Restaurant Week but it is great for discovering restaurants. I have passed by this building many times and never thought there was a restaurant downstairs. It is a very beautiful venue where you enter the bar and lounge area after the winding stairs. The seating in the dining room is spread out, very atypical of a New York City restaurant establishment!
Though the food is not really worth writing home about (other than the perfectly cooked medium rare duck!), it is a great place to have a nice, quiet dinner. No obnoxiously loud music and the waiters are very attentive. Come here and enjoy the ambience.
Tip: This place has 1 dollar oysters during Happy Hour in the bar and lounge area. Perfect for midtown slurping after work!
Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Duck Confit & Chanterelle Sugo, Brussels Sprouts, Honeynut Squash
Grilled Avocado, Crispy Olives, Orange
Salsa Verde, Roasted Potatoes, Arugula
White Chocolate-Almond Clusters, Concord Grape Sorbet
Union Square Cafe reopens in Gramercy/Flatiron district and it looks brand spanking new and classy as hell! There are two bars, downstairs and upstairs and two levels of table seating area.
Tip: The Lamb Shank is a great dish to share. It is this humongous piece of meat on bone with a side of perfectly cooked fingerling potatoes and arugula.
Union Square Cafe
101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Apple, Peanuts, Mint & Tamarind
Served with Chickpeas, Steamed Rice, Coconut-Fingerling Potatoes-Shishito
I have never been to a modern Indian restaurant until this one. I really enjoyed every dish but the portions are a bit small. It is probably a good idea to order a few appetizers and and a main course per person. You will be able to try out different things this way.
Drinks wise, I really like the double insulated cups! The cocktails are good but the mixes are a bit inconsistent.
Tip: Try to arrive before 1pm on the weekend. It gets pretty busy!
195 Spring St., New York, NY 10012
pineapple juice + draft beer
Mini Homemade Soba Noodle with Pickled Plum Sauce and Grated Radish on top served with Ootoya Original Sauce
Asparagus wrapped in a Slice of Pork Belly
assorted Blue Fin Tuna, Amberjack, Scallops, Scottish Salmon, Simmered Shrimp and Salmon Roe served atop of Sushi Rice
vegetables and pork
comes with steamed egg, pickled vegetables, and miso soup
pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream, root chips, matcha mochi, whipped cream
Tip: Go for the ‘mini’ version of the soba and dinner sets if you want to try everything.
My two favorite things: the asparagus wrapped pork belly and the pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream. Wrapping asparagus in anything meat related will get me to eat it. Otherwise, I would never order asparagus by itself.
Why was the ice cream a favorite? There was a small potato in the parfait!! And it worked! Imagine eating a really sweet cold boiled potato with your ice cream. I kid you not, it was so good!
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011