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Park Avenue Cafe's Phenomenal Deal/Restaurant Report

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Park Avenue Cafe's Phenomenal Deal/Restaurant Report

reverse carpetbagger | Sep 28, 2005 11:16 PM

I just returned from what was, perhaps, the best value I've ever had in a New York restaurant.

To begin, there's the bread which is consistently solid. Three varieties - a cornbread, a white bread topped with sesamies and brushed with salted butter, and a sesame loaf with fruit. The white bread is particularly good, with a nice interplay of the nuttiness of the seeds and saltiness/creaminess of the butter.

For the appetizer, the tuna tartare. While it was unspectacular, definitely solid. I think it would have been better by subtracting the capers.

Then came the filet. While the onion rings were decidedly mediocre, the meat was outstanding. I've had the opportunity to go to many of New York's best steakhouses, and this certainly rated well. The meat was buttery, not over-seasoned, and cooked to a perfect medium. My dining companion had the lamb. While I did not try any, the portion size was enormous.

For dessert, I unfortunately elected to have the sundae. It was make your own, and I could have executed the same thing after a trip to Gristedes.

However, the best part was the price. $25 for three courses, a meal that would otherwise have been around $70. It's great to be young! I might go every night!

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