Stanley is a bird-dog kind of chowhound sniffing out the trophies for us. Thanks to Stanley Stephans post last week my husband and I hurried over to 1550 Hyde. Everything was fantastic!
We ordered three different glasses of European red wine, all distinctly different, matched to our different courses, and were reasonably priced. Dont ask, because I do not recall the names. Suffice it to say that the wine is good and well priced.
As Stanley suggested, the lemony arugula salad was sprite and tasty, and nicely grounded with the pecorino and roasted almonds. We then had the pasta with fresh porcini, ramps and artichoke heart. Very satisfying, flavorful and yet delicate. Nothing over dominated. Then the short ribs cooked in rioja with yellow fin mashed potatoes and romano green beans. This was rich but not over the top. For dessert we had the pot de crème. What I loved about this was the quality of chocolate (scharfenberger) and that the dessert was not too sweet. There was plenty of whipped cream served with it. I hate delicious desserts with too little whipped cream or ice cream! Any way, the pot de crème is served with two shortbread cookies. Again, not too sweet!
We arrived at dusk and had the pleasure of watching the restaurant transition into night. The lighting was warm, while the restaurant itself was sleek/stark. The wait staff is very pumped up. They seem to love what theyre doing over there.
We look forward to going back many times, which is a huge compliment given that in this city it is difficult to return to old favorites when there is so much else to explore.