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Midtown Dining: The Spence and Empire State South

laura jean | Jan 29, 2015 11:54 AM

Had a lovely dinner last night at The Spence. Two of us shared quite a few items and enjoyed ourselves overall. Service was slightly delayed at times, but nothing to affect our meal.

Chicken adobo tacos - Delicious chicken. Was very surprised they were crispy shell, but they were tasty (if a mess to eat).

Oysters and pearls - Also delicious, the "pearls" of horseradish/apple is a very interesting idea. This was really the only MG thing we experienced.

Pork terrine - I did not try this, but she loved it and it looked very tasty.

Speck tartine with goat pate (and some other things) - I loved the speck. The goat was tasty but mild. Big portion!

Red wine rigatoni with bacon, marrow crumbs, and poached egg - DELICIOUS. Lots of umami and lots of texture. I would definitely order this again.

Brussels sprouts with Thai vinagrette - Also amazing. I could eat this every day.

Blondie cake with frozen caramel and coffee ice cream - Tasted pretty normal (and tasty) to me (blondies with ice cream); my friend was intrigued by the textures and tastes.

Lunch today at Empire State South:
Pimiento cheese with bacon marmalade is seriously amazing. Smoky, spicy, creamy....

Farm egg with brisket bacon, beech mushrooms, rice, squash puree - Overall really a good dish. I thought it could have used more bacon, and maybe some more creaminess. The rice was almost like puffed rice - crispy and somewhat dry. But all the flavors worked so well together.

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