Hee, hee, hee, now we know why we can't even afford the Oak Room at RW lunch! The drinks, baby, the drinks! I seem to remember the Oak Room Bar as serving martinis in a snifter, with the extra on ice for your refilling pleasure. Not now; now a cocktail is $17 a pop, almost as much as our $20 lunch....Wine ( I picked a cheapie) was $11 a glass....
I chose the Oak Room because it was TC's birthday, and he loves those big, old grandiose places.I still feel guilty I never insisted on taking him to L'Espalier at their old digs. Plus, they have a reputation for doing a good steak, and the menu looked tailor-made for him.
First of all,they DO serve cultured butter from Vermont Butter and Cheese Co as their table butter, with an excellent olive bread. Pus, there was an appetizer of VBCC aged Bijou, so I was impressed
We both had the tempura shrimp appetizer, which actually had three shrimp, and a tangy dipping sauce with tamarind in it. TC pointed out that they were just shrimp, however.
His entree included a flat-iron skirt steak with Roquefort topping, Yukon fingerling potatoes, and a balsamic carmelized onion. The steak was done rare, as opposed to the medium rare he requested, but better that than the other way around. I think he's spoiled by my excellent way with steak, tho, so he wasn't impressed. (Imagine, a vegetarian who can cook a steak! I learnedeverythingI know from chowhound!)
I had the personal size clam bake. Very good, but again, nothing I couldn't have done.
He had a panna cotta, with candied pineapple for dessert. Fab, as was my double-chocolate cookies and coffee ice cream sandwich.
So, here was reason to go to the Oak Room for RW. We definitely couldn't have afforded to dine there regularly, and as it was, with tax, tip and beverages (3), we could barely afford it at RW!
It WAS just about what I expected; highly competent and tasty food in a lovely,old setting, but nothing to rock one's world...