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Matyson on new year's eve (long)

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Matyson on new year's eve (long)

nittany | Jan 2, 2004 07:25 AM

I am going to gush about this place. Not just because it was fantastic in every way (it was), but it was fantastic in every way and reasonable on new year's eve (no small feat).

I posted before about needing last minute reservations at a byobon nye. Shelby was kind enough to point out matyson's. I had passed by it a few times, place was pretty, menu looked interesting, prices were moderate (15-23). But I feared those prices would be sky high on nye. I called 2 dozen restaurants, with each price fixe higher than the next. Finally on a whim i gave matyson's a call. Yes they were having their regular menu (listed on their website www.matyson.com) plus some specials, yes they could give me a reservation for 4 at 9pm, score!

We arrived at 8:45, they seated us right away, the dining room was packed, but our table was already ready and waiting for us. They had a beautiful (and printed!) list of specials, which were 25-30, but mostly included lobster/oysters. They opened our champagne and brought us real live flutes. Then they brought the menus and the most fabulous whole grain seeded rolls i've ever had. Surprise, when we opened our wine (red and white) they brought us proper wine glasses, the nicest ones i've seen at a byob.(and they didn't even snicker at my friends husband who brought a container of screwdrivers for himself (sigh), they just brought him a glass with alot of ice)

We ordered 3 apps for the 4 of us. My friend and her husband split the scallop app off the menu (10), i didn't have any, but it was gone in 3 minutes and there were lots of squeals from that side of the table. We also got the spinach salad (7 - good) and a special app, smoked salmon between 3 potatoe pancakes (stacked) topped with salmon roe (10) - the best, shoul become a part of their regular menu! fabulous, i could have ordered 3 of these for me and i would have been thrilled.

But we did order dinner. The men had the steak off the menu (21), my friend had the pork chop (16.50) and i had the duck (18 i think). My duck was fabulous. I can't even describe how good it was, and i couldn't do justice to the review capaneus did, so if you want better detail on that look for his review!

I didn't try the porkchop, but my friend (who isn't a big eater) devoured it, i even caught her at one point chewing on the bone, lol. The steak my husband had was out of this world. It was by far the best steak i have ever had at a restaurant, ever. It was in a red wine sauce and it was so tender and flavorful, it almost defies description. yum.

portions are more than adequate, but with food this good it's hard not to overeat! we got 4 desserts (though we most certainly didn't need them). Men got some sort of rich chocolate flourless thin, rich dense, a little bitter and fabulous. my friend got the vanilla bean creme carmel and declared it the best desert she has ever had (and then didn't offer anyone a bite ;)) After reading capaneus' review of the lemon tart, i had to have it (i am a lemon desert addict). It was every bit as good as his review, and capaneus...no worries, we won't be calling you to finish it anytime soon!

Service was perfect. The waiter we had was freindly and attentive without being annoying. Sonja (the co-owner, wife of the chef and very pregnant pastry chef) stopped by our table several times to make sure we were happy and drop off nye hats ;) they even had a lady hand out hand made ceramic wine stoppers with well wishes for the new year from the owners!

Their kindness, service and food was over the top for a regular night, but unbelievable on nye, a night where bad food and high prices run rampant!

Total for all 4 including a generous tip was 186. Worth every penny!

Location: on 19th between market and chestnut.

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