Wow. My girlfriend and I went to Cru for our anniversary. What a wondrerful night. The waiter first brought us two glasses of champagne on the house. I had mentioned that it was our anniversary when I made the reservation. We ordered the chef's tasting menu ($115) and each and every course was amazing.
We started with a bluefin tuna tartare that was fresh, simple, and every bit as good as the bluefin you might have at a top tier sushi bar. It was served with a soy and mirin sauce that was light and perfect.
Next we had a plate of 3 crudos. I remember snapper and white tuna, but the highlight was the langoustine with a sauce made from gin and black truffle. What an experience. As good as any fish I've had anywhere in the world.
We then went on to a cod with cauliflower puree. Wonderful.
The next course was pasta. My girlfriend, who has lived in Italy on and off, made the comment that the flavors were very American while the preparations were completlely Italian. The Papardelle with duck sausage was rich and perfectly cooked and paired perfectly with the Barbera. The sweet potato gnochii were superb as well.
The next course was Maine Lobster. Simple and wonderful. I don't remember the sauce but I think that's good. I remember only the taste of fresh lobster.
This course was followed by a "boneless rack of lamb." It was served with a full bodied Rioja.
The desserts were sublime. The plate was decorated with a "Happy Anniversary" message in chocolate. There were some rich desserts as well as some more tart options (lemon sorbet) to cut the taste of the heavy main attractions.
The service was superb and I left feeling that this was a restaurant experience on par with the best of the best. I have yet to eat at Per Se but the food, wine, and service absolutely compared to Le Bernardin and other similar restaurants.
What a wonderful meal. Hope you all enjoy.
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