Finally made it to Minetta Tavern last night. Really enjoyed it overall. Here's the rundown...
To me this is one of the most spectacular entrances to a restaurant Ive ever encountered. The street its on and the the unassuming exterior had something to do with it. Got seated in no time and as expected very very close to our neighbors which I didnt mind at all. I remember reading somethng here about flash photography, or no photography. Not only everybody was taking pictures but our waitress was even taking pictures of the folks next to us.
Here's what we ate...
Pasta Za Za - Very good. I have a weakness for fresh pasta with egg. They split the dish and put one egg on each. Although we enjoyed it, not nearly as good as Herbsaint's version in New Orleans
Bone Marrow - This was just ok for us. Less so for DW. What saved the dish for me was the shallots with port. Te baguettes were so buttery almost to the point of being inedible.
Black Label burger - Met the high expectations. The juiciest most flavorful burger that I can remember. 50% of it is 48 day dry aged prime rib eye while the other 50 is a combination of brisket, rib and other goodies. The fries were just ok for me tho - not sure what the hoopla was. They were barely seasoned and the aioli didnt save them for me. But the burger was insane.
NY Strip - Excellent! We ordered medium and it came medium-rare as expected. Great, nicely seasoned crust and a very flavorful piece. But the next day we were talking about the burger. The strip is 28 day aged
Chocolate Souffle - AMAZING!! So rich.
In short, an enjoyable meal. With drinks, $260 for the 2 of us. Would def order the pasta, burger and souffle again. I'm beefed-out, hence the title.