Finally made a trip to Bliss on Skillman at 46th Street. What a treat! This is serious cooking in a cozy, inviting setting. Co-owner Dorothy and chef John have hit a balance between a friendly neighborhood haunt and fine dining that you want to share with your foodie friends who never leave Manhattan.
We started with the endive & frisee salad, perfectly constructed with generous amounts of stilton, walnets and bacon. Yum! A neighboring table was having the duck ham and arugula and I was a little jealous.
Our entrees were the pan seared cod and the roasted chicken off the menu and the mahi-mahi special. It's not often that roast chicken is described as anything other than adequate or OK .... but this dish is exceptional. The most moist and succulent meat I've ever tasted beneath a crispy skin. The cod was perfectly cooked with spinich and carmelized onions and a big handful of wild mushrooms. Both the fish and the mushrooms had a firm bite. The mahi-mahi, also firm and delicious, was perched atop a serving of black rice - new for me - it's chewy without being tough and very flavorful, a good accompianment to an assertive fillet.
The wine list is brief, which is nice when the bottles are so well chosen. We had a pinot gris from Oregon that the entire table loved. They were out of the Oregon pinot noir (probably because of Sideways)but it's one that I know and I hope they get it replaced soon.
Does this posting sound a little like an ad or a press release for this Sunnyside newcomer? Well it kinda is because I live in Sunnyside and I really want to see Bliss make a go of it. If any of you chowhounders agree with me, speak up. Let's hear your comments and spread the word. We cannot live by homecooked Thai and Peruvian alone. We should not mourn the demise of Mina's forever. We should celebrate that Bliss is here and that they've raised the bar for local restaurants.