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West 79 report

belle | Nov 6, 2003 04:05 PM

Last night I had a great dinner at West 79, at 222 W. 79th where 222 used to be. The restaurant is quaint and gorgeous with detailed wood paneling brought in from London, i was never at 222 but understand it was interesting...Its been open two weeks and they did not do a huge publicity push before it opened so it was not terribly crowded and the staff was very nice.

I had stopped in to see and have a drink but the menu was tempting so we decided to eat. I had a martini and did not have a chance to look at the wine list (sorry).

I tried one of the rolls, it was cranberry, raisin, nut, warm and good.

I started with onion cured gravlax with a potato pancake, creme fraiche and salmon roe. The gravlax was unique, you could taste the onion flavor but it was not overpowering. I did not care for the potato pancake was kind of big and heavy,not delicate/light/crispy like i would have prefered.

Next my friend and i split the Hudson Valley Foie Gras app which was seared and served with some grapes and apples in a port reduction sauce. I'm not a huge foie gras person but this was phenomenal.

Finally we shared a rack of lamb, this was also excellent, served with a light white bean and wine butter sauce. I think I was a little too full at this point to fully appreciate it.

I highly recommend this place and hope that they do well.

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