Oh NY, how I love thee! Why THIS TIME do you ask? It’s restaurant week, meaning J* and I can sample some of the best food in the city with a three-course prix-fixe menu of only $35. I can enjoy culinary ecstasy, the kind in which you only nod and sigh while eating, without wrecking havoc on my wallet.
On Monday, my wonderfully talented friend from the Philharmonic (he’s actually kinda a rock-star in Japan, haha!) made me aware of Restaraunt Week with a meal at Rosa Mexicano. I love the interesting fountain along the dining room wall with little diving men. How clever. We enjoyed the creamiest, most delicious guacamole, made right at our table and pomegranate margaritas. I had the salmon for dinner (cooked just perfectly) and the rich, carmel flan for dessert. I think my favorite thing about these menus is that I don’t feel guilty indulging in dessert at my meal (for the cost, not the calories, ha!).
Last night, determined to have good French food, J* and I ventured over to Brasserie. As we hurried to make our reservation, we heard people on the street talking about some explosion, but we were so excited for the meal, we refused to investigate until after. The modern design at this restaurant is really quite stunning, with these leaning, green dividers between booths on the walls. We both had a glass of red wine.
I started off with a beautiful hierloom tomato salad, while J* had the grilled, stuffed artichokes. My salad was a wonderful, light beginning to my much heavier, Leg of Lamb main course. The lamb was very well cooked, but I honestly enjoyed J*’s juicy, mushroom-topped skirt steak much more. He basically licked his plate clean. The desserts were quite phenomenal. I had a sort of upscale strawberry shortcake with creme fraiche, while J* had a scrumptious hazelnut parfait.
We’ll be trying out Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria this coming Monday. I can’t wait!