I made a long weekend trip to NYC. Fortunately and Unfortunately I got to try a lot of food for a short trip.
Per Se Salon: Foie Gras and Lobster. Both excellent well prepared, great mixture of textures and flavors. They were varied but balanced. I was happy to report thee lobster was larger than I thought it might be based on the description from some previous diners. Salon was an excellent way to taste Keller's magic without the huge price tag. It is really a nice touch that the sparkling water, bread, and sweets tray were included, along with a few amuse bouches. I particularly loved the salmon ice cream cone. My only quibble was it would be nice to include some more wines by the glass at a lower price-point. The bruno colin chassagne-montrachet was excellent, but I think the first time I have ever paid over $30 for a glass of wine. EXCELLENT
Ma Peche : Stopped by on my way home from the theater. I was going to get just a slice of crack pie and maybe some dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai, but was enticed to try Ma Peche. The wagyu beef was interesting mixture with the raw beef, some very thin slivers of jerky, and a little béarnaise sauce. The jerky was interesting but did bring some salt and different textures to the dish. The soft shell crab, the sauces were overboard and overpowered the crab (and I love sauces). GOOD (but probably could find better for the cost, but will be back for more crack).
Casa Mono: Last year, I loved the small plates and was my only place to repeat. This year I found the food over seasoned and was disappointed. I may have been happier had a sent back the first dish (I ordered the pulpo and they served the baby squid). Since I had asked the server what he liked… maybe he had gotten confused. It took a few bites before I figured out I really didn’t like it, the cheesy grits were just too much with fried squid. In looking at the other prepared dishes of pulpo I may have been happier. The bone marrow nicely grilled, but the ramp pesto seemed to be over seasoned. The radishes could have added the bite, without much else. SOSO (may retry once more just to be fair)
Chinatown Brasserie: Dim Sum luncheon was a nice mixture of dumplings. Very delicate skins, with a great skin to filling mixture. I will be back next time for the XLB. VERY GOOD
Amy’s Bread - This was the best sticky bun I think I have ever had. Bread part was firm enough to stand up to the sugary mixture top without being stiff. Nice sugar cinnamon and pecan topping. EXCELLENT