NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2008 just ended last Friday. It’s this two week event (Monday – Friday) where they offer special 3 course lunches and dinners at various restaurants across the city at promotional prices. I usually only go out to eat during weekends, but for this event, I made an exception.
Three course lunch was $24.07.
Three course dinner was $35.00.
Honestly, I’ve never participated in restaurant week in New York City. So earlier last week, I shifted around my schedule and decided to go out to eat on a Tuesday night. Once I found a date, the next step was to pick a restaurant from the pretty extensive list. There were a lot of restaurants to choose from, ranging from American to Mexican to French to Asian cuisine. After picking a restaurant, comes the reservation process. Some restaurants get booked pretty quickly. Some of the restaurants do offer online reservations through OpenTable.com, which is kind of neat. They connect you directly to the restaurant and make your reservation.
I was in the mood for some seafood. I briefly searched for the online menus to see which one attracted me most. I narrowed the list of restaurants to 4 choices.
They were all conveniently located in Manhattan and had equally interesting menus. They all seemed to receive pretty good ratings from various websites. Decisions. Decisions.
The restaurant had a nice comfy, casual atmosphere. There’s a bar area, a sushi bar, and dining tables on the ground floor, along with additional dining area on the next floor. There’s also a mini balcony area. The overall dining area was dimly lit. Across the wall, there’s a lot of sea-related memorabilia, objects, and signs.
Unfortunately, I was unable to take much pictures in the restaurant. The dim lighting didn’t allow nice and easy close ups. This post is mostly text.
My three course dinner of choice consisted of:
- Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, for appetizer
Alaskan king crab meat
- Broiled Artic Char “Rustica”, for main dish
Bacon, mushrooms, herb and wilted kale. Tuscan red wine reduction.
- and Sorbet Sampler, for dessert
Grapefruit, cherry, coconut milk
The Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque was very tasty. It was filled with chunks of crab meat and at the center of the soup was a tiny soft shell crab. The bisque was not as heavy or thick as I expected. Anyhow, it was very appetizing.
The Broiled Artic Char was served over kale, with bits of bacon, mushrooms, and herbs sprinkled all over. The char is a relative of the salmon fish, and therefore, looked and tasted kind of like a salmon. The kale is a form of cabbage that is very high in nutritional value. It’s filled with vitamins, calcium and all.
The portions were very reasonable and I had enough room in my stomach for my dessert. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely very stuffed after whole dinner. The sorbet sampler was served in a tall glass. A scoop of grapefruit sorbet, over a scoop of dark cherry sorbet, and coconut milk (with pieces of coconut) at the bottom. It was a very pleasing treat to end the dinner with.
As another appetizer, we also ordered a 12 oyster sampler, served with horseradish and cocktail sauce. It’s something about eating raw oysters that’s very exciting. Maybe it’s the Tobasco I love to sprinkle on to my oyster. Maybe it’s the whole action of slurping the slimy oyster. To my surprise, the oysters were actually pretty good tasting. Pretty fresh. I wonder where they get them from.
My date ordered the Broiled Jumbo North Atlantic Sea Scallops, served with roasted potatoes and spinach. The scallops were super delicious. I was impressed by the quality of the scallops. They were relatively huge and soft, very easy to cut through. The roasted potatoes were very flavorful. The spinach complemented the dish perfectly.
The bill came out to just a little over $100, including drinks and all. Not bad at all. It seemed like a very chill place to have small friendly gatherings. The service was good. The servers try to pace out the dishes as best they can, giving about 30 minutes between appetizer and main course. I really enjoyed the casual and relaxing atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It’s a good place for dinner and drinks with a group of friends, a good place for lunch as well I would guess. I was only there for dinner, but they also serve a brunch menu filled with eggs and various omelettes. I’m a big fan of Eggs Benedict. Also, their salmon trio served with bagel chips definitely sounds neat.
Keep in tuned for NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2008!!!