There have been some threads that have recognized the drastic upswing in food at Hotel Griffou, but somehow it is till flying under the radar, or underestimated because of its shaky beginnings with a different chef. David Santos, late of 5 & Diamond in Harlem, is cooking up a storm at Griffou, and he has been offering special tasting menu dinners once a month (usually on Mondays, but occasionally, such as this month, a different day of the week). There has been one thread about the Sunday brunch here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767881 but I think I'm more excited about dinner at HG, and especially the tasting dinners. He's pared this one from 7-courses down to 5. The larger number of courses meant quite a long dinner. Cost of this dinner is $75 including all beer.
Here's the July 27th (Wednesday) dinner, with beer pairings!
Summer truffle egg
Kasteel Cru, Alsace
Watermelon and sakai crudo, Buttermilk sorbet
Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer, San Francisco
Sweetfish tempura, miso remoulade, avocado
Hitachino Nest, Japan
Lobster ravioli, summer squash, foie gras emulsion
Biere de Miel, Belgium
Belly and loin of Iowa farms pig, corn pudding, pickled succotash
Dogfish Hell Hound, Delaware
Tobacco poached cherries, chocolate sable cookies, stout ice cream
Geary's London Porter, Maine
I've been to previous tastings, and the portions of food and drink are most generous. And best of all, David Santos's food is exuberant, flavorful, and imaginative. Although the kitchen staff is small, Santos finds the time to come out and say hello to his guests and share his passion for food and fun. I'm only sorry I can't make it this month, but next month, I'm there!
I have to admit that one of my motivations for posting this is my hope that some Chowhounds go and report back. Reservations are required, via phone at 212.358.0228 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011
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2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026