Hit upper 5th Ave last night. Had dinner at Red Cafe, and dessert at Chocolate Room a few doors down. Here's my experience:
The Food at Red Cafe was really good. Well-prepared. Well-seasoned, etc. Nothing on the menu really jumped out at me as different from typical "New-american" (?) fare, but even though we ordered dishes we had eaten elsewhere, they were better here at RC. Husband had Polenta to start - with balsamic-portobello mushrooms. Not a very creative dish, but it was delectable. I had the mixed greens salad with baked goat cheese, beets and walnuts. Didn't jump out at me from the menu, but also delicious, beyond what I'd expected. We shared the Roasted Trout for an entree- which was plenty for 2 with app's. It too was delicious, and I finished every last bite. Prepared with lardons, walnuts, and anise/fennel.
Next door to Chocolate Room. Well, I'm not a chocolate fiend like my husband, but the experience was worth it. It has qualities similar to an old-fashioned ice-cream shop, in that desserts were served in traditional bowls/ice-cream glasses, similar, but an updated ambiance. They started us with an amuse-bouche(!) of valhrona chocolate sorbet. Rich, as expected. Husband had the brownie sundae, and I had the chocolate pudding. His brownie was really beyond good. I like to convince myself that Duncan Hines makes a great brownie, but this brought me back to reality. You can taste that they use quality ingredients. Both came with dollop of fresh-made whipped cream - not sweet - to balance off the richness/sweetness of everything underneath. (of...and homemade hot fudge sauce on bourbon-vanilla icecream on the sundae...yum) The only thing I didn't like was the coffee. The place filled up by 8:00. I guess it's the only dessert place around...or we have a lot of chocolate addicts for whom nothing else can substitute.