This past Saturday we (three of us) ventured to Patsy's on 1st between 117th and 118th.
To start, we ordered a house salad to share. It was fresh and perfectly dressed and seasoned. We ate every last bit.
We then had some of the devine fried zucchini. Holy smokes! These are NOT low fat, but who cares because they are de-lish. Battered with a light crust, fried to just tender and piled high in a basket. The only thing missing was some ranch dressing, but I might have died from fat overload. :)
One of our party ordered spagetti marinara with meatballs. She considers herself a meatball fanatic, and she said they were the best she'd EVER eaten. (And she has eaten them everywhere.)
The rest of us shared a plain pizza with fresh mozzarella. It was perfect as always. The fresh mozz really makes it over the top.
While we were eating our main courses, the table next to us ordered some chocolate dessert that smelled like chocolate heaven. We asked our server Victor about it, and he said we'd have one ready in 15 minutes. Time seemed to stand still while we eagerly waited.
The wait was worth it. The cook (I think his name was Cliff) apparently had gotten some really good chocolate and decided to make his chocolate souffle for the first time that day for Patsy's customers. Luckly we were there to be taste testers.
Oh. My. Gosh. It was serioulsy the best chocolate souffle ever. Resting Creme Anglaise on a standard issue Patsy's plate was the most perfect of sturdy chocolate souffles stuffed with a classic chocolate mousse. Perfectly gooey and scrumptious, we ate the whole thing even though we had no room in our bellies. It was the perfect topper to a perfect Patsy's meal.
One person in our party worked at Jean Georges and mentioned that it was much better than their version. And it it only $4 at Patsy's.
Saturday was the first time they had the souffle, but we asked Victor when they'd have it again. He said that they had gotten such great reviews that he'd mention it to the owner. Hopefully they will have it the next time I head up there. I might just call ahead.
Run, do not walk to Patsy's in Harlem. Who knew there was a chef with a chocolate souffle up his sleeve hiding out there?