Went here for a work dinner, it wasn't my choice, but was one of my boss's favourites in NYC so my expectations were pretty high going in. We had a large round table on the balcony which was good (if a little dark for photos!).
We opted for the Captain's Menu which is 8 courses per person (at $180). You don't know what you're going to get and chef will take you on a journey.
We started with some celeriac soup in cappuccino cups which had black truffle powder around the top - very tasty. There were also excellent little lobster rolls and deep fried pasta with parmesan and more of the truffle powder. A great start with a variety of textures.
Next up was a pumpkin salad which was good, followed by octopus which was very good. Well cooked and a really meaty texture. The pasta courses were next, a really tasty tortellini and a verdi pasta with a ragu bolognese.
The main course was probably the highlight. It was a veal and beef slice with an impressively light potato puff ball (technical term!). It was incredible. Served fairly rare but very tasty, and very tender. The quality of the ingredients shone through.
Cheese was next, with a bit of toasted bread and with honey poured over it at the table. This led to some comments from several at the table, but after the first bite everyone was agreed on what an excellent combination it was.
A quick count revealed we were nearing the end but things were about to get better. There were 4 different desserts served to 2 or 3 people each at the table so we had a system where you had some and then passed the plate clockwise so everyone could sample the dishes. They were all excellent but the standout was a chocolate orange dish that was apparently a fairly new creation. I'm not really a big fan of chocolate orange combinations but this was excellent.
Last but not least were the petit-fours. These were served on old-fashioned wooden cheese-grates which was an interesting touch. The highlights were the olive oil ice-cream lolly, the chocolate truffle and the edible wrapper sweet, but the doughnuts and the dessicated strawberries were excellent too.
Service was great and even the selection of wine by the glass was excellent too, nevermind the extensive main wine list.
Overall it was a great experience, with the veal and pastry dishes really standing out and I can't wait to return.
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