Had a wonderful lunch at Danube on Hudson at Duane last Friday to celebrate a colleague's birthday - it is a beautiful room and would be ideal for a seduction or a very romantic dinner - Klimt-esque murals, comfy banquettes, very Weimar Republik (as I imagine it). Service professional but relaxed, not snobby.
amuse-gueule of sardine w/potato crisp, yellowfin gravlax w/beet oil, oxtail consomme - the latter 2 utterly delicious
me: grilled scallops/squid/crabmeat in a slightly tomatoey very savory herb sauce - I don't normally eat scallops but these were divine
her: sashimi-quality tuna w/beet and a vegetable mousse
an interlude of cheese ravioli w/extremely thin wrappers in a chanterelle and pumpkin-seed sauce (fabulous, intensely flavored, very sexy)
me: boiled brisket from heaven, topped with fine gratings of fresh horseradish, with broth, baby
vegetables, horseradish applesauce and chive sauce
her: halibut in a potato crust
both accompanied by pureed spinach and potatoes of incredible flavor and texture
an entremets of elderflower ice in elderflower soup - rather like lichee in flavor
shared desserts of pancakes with plum compote and farmer's cheese fillings with rum ice cream and Moscato dÁsti charlotte with Concord grape ice cream
petits fours including a miniature slice of Sachertorte
Prix fixe $35 - wines very expensive (we had glasses, 1 Sauvignon Blanc, 1 juicy lush Pinot Noir, $10 and $15 respectively, and maybe 4 ounces in the glass if that).
But go - it's worth it. Much more suited to a fling than a collegial lunch!