There are so many restaurants to choose from in NYC, its often hard to know where to start.
Its always hard relying on someone else taste and especially if you read reviews in places such as Trip Advisor and Yelp. One mans Olive Garden is another mans fancy Italian. I only pay attention to reviews from people with a review history who sound like they know the difference between Espresso and 'Expresso'. I completely ignore those with only one review to their name. Its usually a rant.....
I've read the NYTimes good food guides, the Michelin Guides and Time Out Restaurant recommendations and we've had some amazing food on our visits to NYC.
This year we were there in time for Restaurant week so we decided to visit some places that weren't on our radar before. I thought I would do a quick summery of the five places we visited. Any that stand out will also find themselves on my Restaurant Blog too.
Capital Grille - 120W 51st.
Excellent quality, service and choice. We rolled out after a substantial lunch. I wouldn't normally of tried this 'chain' restaurant but I'm glad we did and we will go back.
Read more here.
DB Bistro Moderne - 54W 44th.
We have been to a couple of Daniel Boulud’s other restaurants and always had great food so thought we would give this one a try... its was sadly disappointing. The service was excellent, but the food was just OK. Veal stew had no flavour and the rice was a step away from being soup. Dessert was good, but I'd go back to DBGB ten times before going back here.
The Russian Tea Room - 150W 57th.
This is one of the oldest restaurants in NYC and was opened by the Russian Ballet. They only served Tea during prohibition but now of course have a list of Vodka from around the world available.
Foor was tasty, and substantial, although quite 'basic'.
It was an 'interesting' restaurant to visit.
Not sure I'll be rushing back though.
Petrossian - 182W 58th.
This felt a little like going back to the 70's.
The restaurant week menu included their speciality - caviar alongside some old classics such as smoked salmon served with toast and roasted chicken breast with puree potatoes .
The other guests were a strange mix, old guys in suits and women in fur who are from an era where people dressed for dinner out. Overall the atmosphere was a bit stuffy..... you won't find us in here again anytime soon....
L'Ecole - 462 Broadway.
This is the restaurant for the International Culinary Centre. All the guys in the kitchen are students being watched and trained by their teachers and they are marked on their work.
We stayed quite safe but food was amazing quality. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for somewhere new in NYC.
Read more Here
We were greeted warmly by two charming maître d who were all smiles and cheer - despite the freezing weather.
The restaurant is dimly lit and the spaced tables and small booths give a nice intimate feel. At lunchtime it wasn't too busy, mostly business lunch types in suits. The restaurant menu had a nice selection of their signature dishes. I chose clam chowder followed by cheeseburger and truffle fries and classic creme Brûlée and hubby had the cob salad followed by the sirloin salad and again the creme brûlée all for $25 each.
Iced tap water arrived quickly after we sat down, followed by a bread basket.
The wine list was presented on an iPad which I much prefer to the huge telephone directory size books some restaurants still have.
Clam chowder was rich and creamy and the side salad was, well, a slice of iceberg lettuce with bacon and dressing.
For my main course I had the signature cheeseburger. This was a really juicy chunky burger served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle and a generous portion of fries.
My husbands sirloin salad was also much more substantial than expected. It was a fairly large steak, cooked perfectly served with plenty of green leaves.
Creme brûlée was very good despite that it was served cold. I do prefer hot - especially the sugar layer but I guess that's a personal taste thing. It did come served with some fresh berries.
Service was very attentive from start to finish.
There was never a point where we waited for anything and our water glass was constantly topped up.
It doesn't take much more effort to get it right, sadly this doesn't always happen, but today at Capital Grille it certainly did.
Capital Grille 120 West 51st Street, New York 10020 Tel 212 246 0154
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