On Friday we went to XIX at the Park Hyatt. The newly refurbished space is really quite lovely - even if the bizzaro hanging giant pearls are odd. just. odd. We had the best table in the house (table #50 if you want it) which was facing a balcony that looked east, north and west. great view!
I started with the pan seared diver scallops on a bed of cauliflower puree with tart apples , wild mushrooms and onion jus. Sounds strange but it was awesome. The tart apples were an enigma as they weren't tart - and the texture was weird, but good weird. And all of the other "stuff" really made for a happy mixture of tastes.
I then had the bass with kale, some kind of ham, and black eyed peas - the entire dish was magnificent. Other diners ahd the 42-day dry aged steak - the most expensive item on the menu at $44 (my fish might have been about $24) and I really liked the steak (but the diner said that compared to Barclay Prime , it wasn't worth its $44....I really liked the spread of the menu - had raw bar items, appetizers , small plates, pastas (maybe 3 which cld be ordered small or entree sized) and then entrees (about 3 fish, 1 chicken , a duck, a lamb, 1 steak, a veal, and maybe one or two the I am missing). If I had to give yo ua number I'd say most entree prices were about $22 - $28.
Service was phenominal - pleasant, friendly, not overwhelming, very congenial sommelier (who apparently knew what he was talking about to the ones who knew their wines, of which I wasn't one).
I'd go back in a heart beat.