Okay, I know people disparage the Emeril's chain all over this site and some would even chose Bravo over NOLA, but my recent meal at Delmonicos was absolutely outstanding. Honestly, I think the food and service are top rate. The bar is perfectly delightful with live piano music and sexy beige lighting that makes anyone look good. My meal was fantastic. I started with a shrimp appetizer and grilled beats that were frightfully good and I don't even like beats. My salad of arrugula, prociutto, shaved parmigiano cheese, and roasted nectarine was beautiful to look at and a fascinating combination of flavors. I love the Italian melon with prociutto but the roasted nectarine was just as good. I had to ask how they prepared them and I was told that the nectarines are roasted with extra virgin olive oil on top at 350 degrees. That's it! I want to try it myself. Delmonico's still serves a traditional redfish amondine that is superb and ranks up there with Galatoires and the roasted fish served Mediterranean style was fantastic. Top that off with fresh pear tart and homemade vanilla ice cream and I was reeling out of there. In addition, the wine list is thrilling. I managed to have a very reasonable 35 dollar Alsatian wine that went well with the seafood. Service is impeccable. The only down side to the whole experience was the other diners. One group of 10 sitting next to me was so loud that I ate my dessert downstairs at the bar and it is unfortunate that they allow diners to wear shorts to one of the most elegant restaurants in the city. Besides that, the meal was perfection and I would go back in second. The total bill including a pre-dinner cocktail for 2 was 130 dollars. Not cheap but not outrageous by any means.
Has anyone else had a similar experience or do most locals discount it as just another Emeril chain?