My husband said he was in the mood for mussels and fries today, so we had brunch at Jubilee (54th Street, near 1st Ave.) and it was terrific. They have a prix fixe Sunday brunch for $19, which includes a drink, appetizer and entrée. They specialize in mussels and their regular lunch and dinner menu lists, I think, 8 different preparation styles.
He had a Bloody Mary, I had a glass of crisp muscadet. The appetizer choice was soup (todays was vegetable), green field salad and chicken liver paté. Salad for my husband and chicken liver for me. Nice, mustardy dressing on the salad. The chicken liver was tasty, smooth and spreadable, served with a couple of cornichons and a little bit of salad.
The entrée choices included four different egg preparations, chicken Caesar salad, Nicoise salad with fresh grilled tuna, two different mussels dishes, roasted chicken breast (for an extra $5) and steak au poivre ($10 extra). We went for the mussels: baked mussels Provençal and steamed mussels Marinière. Both were excellent. The baked mussels were arranged on a plate on the half-shell, generously doused with garlic-parsley butter. The steamed mussels were in a subtle and delicious broth. Mussels have never been my favorite bi-valves but, between us, we didnt leave one on either plate.
Dessert wasnt included, but we shared a warm tarte au pommes, served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. We agreed that it was probably the very best apple tart that wed ever had in New York.
Considering the pleasant atmosphere, efficient service, and the awfully good food, we were surprised that all the tables werent occupied. It may have been because of the rain, or maybe because the place is kind of out-of-the-way. Whatever, I think this place deserves a try. We will certainly go back often!
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