So, it was 8pm on Friday night and we were trying to figure out where to go to dinner, and 51 Lincoln came to mind. We went for my birthday back in May and really enjoyed it. I made a quick phone call, we had an 8:30pm reservation.
We ordered the watermelon steak appetizer; it's first braised in sherry, and then pan seared. The first bite is a taste revelation; meaty and fruity, all at the same time and the polenta fries with Parmesan aioli. The fries were crispy and fabulous and I could smear the aioli over pretty much anything. The bread basket was also terrific, with an assortment of French, focaccia, and warm cornbread. It came with roasted garlic and EVOO (damn, do I sound like Rachael Ray?). I had the braised short ribs. I love short ribs, but they are time consuming to cook, so I rarely do it. These short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth tender and succulent. Astoundingly good. Hubby’s pork chop was also delicious. Another friend had the duck, which was good, but it was duck breast which is my least favorite part of a duck. It did have nice crispy skin, which in integral to duck.
My only complaint was about my dessert, and I take full blame. I ordered the cherve hazelnut cheesecake and it was too goat-y for me. But what did I expect, really? I got a goat cheese cheesecake and it was too goat-y. I might as well have ordered the apple tarte tatin and complained it was too apple-y. (Hubby did order it, by the way, and it was very nice, as far as a fruit dessert goes) DC had a scoop of blood orange sorbet. I think it's nice they they offer a single scoop of ice cream or sorbet for just $2, for those who want just a little something sweet. It was reminiscent of the orange push up sherbets in the blue cardboard tube I used get from the ice cream truck when I was little. (Does anyone else remember them???)