Brunch today at the venerable Whitney in downtown. Top marks for ambiance, service, and luxury. Prix fixe, four course brunch --not the gorge-a-thon, help yourself buffet. Set in a meticulously preserved lumber baron's mansion, each dining room has its own character, from the roccoco fancy-woodworked music room, gracious pink baroque drawing room to more masculine and more woody dining rooms. It'd be easy to let the house sell the restaurant but the food almost lives up to its surroundings.
Started with individual servings of piquant, home cured gravlax--diced very finely mixed with capers and red onions, fluffy and full flavored chicken mousse and herbed cream cheese served with miniature bagles, croissants, toast points and tasty variety of small sweet rolls. On to first course of creamy scrambled eggs with marinated basil-y shrimp, spouse has crepe with Grand Marnier berry filling. This was the weakest portion; eggs creamy but had set under heat so weren't tender on the top; I liked the crepe better than spouse.
Second course; wonderfully tender, medium rare slices of pork tenderloin served in a reduction over tender, wonderfully flavored basil/chive spaetzel. Wanted to lick the plate! Also a hit was homemade apple/horseradish relish -zippy with a hint of sweetness. other course beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce, chive potatoes, juilliened veggies. Both courses could have been hotter. Dessert was beautiful --pear/port sorbet and mixed fruit sorbet -very flavorful, not sweet with a jewel-like selection of sliced and whole fruits; no flour deep, rich chocolate cake.
In all a bargain at $24.95/pp; plus very appealing string trio live classical music.
A real respite in city life --attentive service, gorgeous architectural surroundings and better than good food.
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