A couple of people asked if anyone knew the restaurant week menus at these two places, and since I've been to both for lunch (is dinner different?) in the last couple of days, I'll try to recapitulate them, keeping in mind that I didn't pay too much attention to what wasn't ordered and that we had a full bottle of wine with lunch at No. 9 Park (an $18 DePeuble Beaujolais that was buried in the wine list but was not bad at all). I think there might be third options at Park but I can remember only the two I've listed below. Can anyone help me out?
Starters: duck liver mousse with gelee (great) or vegetable soup with legumes (okay)
Entrees: farfalle with mushrooms and truffled butter sauce or pork confit with root veggies (both excellent; we think it's a good sign when the entrees or as good or even better than the starters)
Dessert: caramel parfait (very good) or chocolate roulade with sour cherry "salade" (not sure why that's not just "salad")(okay)
BTW, we didn't have reservation at No. 9, just got there right when it opened on Monday (at 11:30); they had no problem seating us in the cafe part.
Starters: roasted watermelon/goat cheese salad or haricot vert/heirloom tomato salad or cold roasted tomato soup (very flavorful)
Entrees: steak with braised escarole or tandoori chicken on a sesame naan (chicken tender and not dry at all) or grilled salmon
Desserts: chocolate fig tart with fenugreek ice cream (the latter really subtle)or bruleed rice pudding with some tropical fruit on top
Cowboy Ciao, I think not-very-adventurous eaters would do fine at Mantra. The steak entree, for example, was not exotic at all, although still very tasty.