Best meal of my NYC trip. Hands down.
Really well balanced strawberry/rhubarb mocktail, fresh bread baked at Roberta's in Brooklyn, and creamy butter from Vermont. Great way to start.
Anguille frite au sarrasin: buckwheat fried Montauk eel, vinaigrette au curry
Came out piping hot, crust thin and crisp. Eel was fall-apart tender and worked beautifully when I was able to compose a "perfect bite" -- bit of eel with some sauce, herbs, cucumbers, and citrus. Very strong start.
Crépinette de volaille au foie gras et fruits
chicken and foie gras, roasted pineapple, pommes purée
Tender, juicy, and unctuous. Again, a dish where all of the components are just begging to be consumed proportionately and harmoniously. Pineapple served as a nice foil to the richness of the dish. Glad that gave me a spoon as I scooped up every single bit of the sauce drizzled potatoes left on the dish.
Tarte au Citron
Just nailed it. Filling smooth and supple with the right balance of sweet and tart. Pastry was flaky and tender. Even the cream was on point.
Some vanilla cookies and raspberry/coconut chocolates.
The room was gorge. My eyes popped out when I walked in, gazing at the beauty of it all. Service was thoughtful and all smiles. If only I didn't live thousands of miles away. Fantastic experience and worth repeating.