Review - Park Avenue Cafe (100 E. 63Rd St, 212 644 1900)
April 19, 2007
We had a small group dinner here last night and they gave us a great circular corner table in the back of the restaurant. I've always loved group dinners around big circular tables - it is much easier to speak to everyone.
They started by bringing us great baskets of bread (thin sticks, cornbread, and seeded rolls) while we figured out what to order. I started with the foie gras ($16), which was a pretty large slab/forchon with herbs on top. It came with ginger toast. Tasty and fatty; I ate all of it after passing some around.
My main course was the roasted loin of lamb ($39) which came with polenta and some olive garnish. It was a large piece and was tasty, but not transcendant. It's better at Aquavit in my opinion. We also had sides ($9 each) of french fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus and sauteed mushrooms. All of those were spectacular, in some ways better than the entrees in most folks opinions.
I was stuffed at this point, so I passed on dessert but most of the others went with the chocolate cube which was visually appealing.
This place has been around for a while, and attracts a staid blue hair crowd, but its actually quite good. A nice choice for reliable high end dining in that part of the UES, without much problem in getting a table. For wine enthusiasts, they may waive corkage if you bring a good bottle. Their stemware is excellent as well. Don't look at that as a money saving option though - this place will still be a rather expensive dinner.
I'll be back.