A post regarding La Cite. As most of you know, this place is owned by the Smith & Wollensky group, and is neither new nor out of the way.
I am writing on it, however, because I do believe that, for those wine drinkers among us, it remains one of the best on-going deals in NYC.
For those of you who don't already know, La Cite has a 'wine dinner' starting at 8pm every weeknight. This is a 3-course prix-fixe (off the a la carte menu - appetizer, main course, dessert) for $63.
No great shakes you say.
Well, your $63 also buys you all the wine you and your table can drink (from the list of 5 wines they have pre-chosen - 1 Champagne, 1 white, 2 red)
I dined there Tuesday evening. They were pouring the following wines:
1) Perrier Jouet NV Grand Brut (retail @ Morrell $29.95)
2) A non-descript, but tasty 2001 Pinot Grigio (retail price ?)
3) 1999 Newton Claret (retail @ Sherry Lehman $19.95)
4) 1999 Ch. Beychevelle (retail @ Morrell $34.95)
Now I know Morrell and Sherry Lehman are not the cheapest purveyors in town, but I also know their retail prices for these would still be less than you'd find on most restaurants' wine lists.
Needless to say, much wine was consumed.
The food was good, and plentiful, and my suggestion would be to stick with the basics and not challenge the chef too seriously. The service was the standard attentive Smith & Wollensky style, and I was even able to convince the waiter to exchange my dessert out for a nice glass of tawny to finish off.
I recommend the whole experience heartily, and hope this post helps a few of you tippling hounds to get a joyous bellyful.