We decided it had been too long since our last trip to Patina. I hate to admit that I had not been there since the extensive remodeling. From the outside it now looks more like a fine restaurant than the apartment building that it used to look like. The rooms are less cement and more large panels of Maple Wood I believe. It is an improvement but not a total new look inside. There is a big plate glass window that looks into the extensive wine room. I had the tasting menu and my wife ordered from the menu.
Ceviche of Scallop with Yuzu Granita
John Dory over Baby Greens, Bacon Viniagrette
Hudson Valley Foi Gras with Cherry Sauce & Lentils
Medium Rare Beef Steak slices and Roasted Root Vegetables With Celery root and Bacon-Maderia sauce.
Chocolate tart with Caramelized Banannas
White Asparagus with Hollandaise
Green Asparagus Foam with Almonds (all one course)
Frisee Salad with Viniagrette
Cheese Tray 5 choices
Everything was very good and "Exploded" in the mouth but lacked the subtle sophistication and restraint the Joachim used to bring to this restaurant. Dinner for 2 With 2 glasses of wine tax and tip was $200.00. Our waiter was wonderful and explained each course as it arrived. Wines were nice. Cheese tray was amazing. We tried one of each level of intensity. The mildest was like eating a mouthful of creamy butter and the ripest actually took over you mouth for a full minute before releasing control. It was a thrill ride. I rode it 3 times before I ran out of cheese. I will go back but it is not the same. I miss the nuance.
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