We all know how much I love to eat. So it should be no surprise that I'm a fan of NYC Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week is the opportunity to try high-end restaurants for a financially friendly fixed price - $29 for lunch & $42 for dinner plus tax and tip. You still have to a few days to take advantage.
Because my birthday happens to fall into this "week" it is the perfect excuse to enjoy a few nights outs. I'd love to share a taste of my experiences:
The Clock Tower (Flatiron) (Lunch)
Appetizer: Shellfish linguini, lemongrass, king crab, lobster bisque; Entree: 36 Hour braised Pork Belly, crispy polenta, roasted apricots, golden thyme; Dessert: Peach Eton mess, almond whipped cream, vanilla meringue; Beverage: Gruner Ventliner
My favorite dish of the meal was the the pork belly, which melted in my mouth. It oozed with such a decadent and finely crafted flavor. I also loved the decor. It felt like walking into someone's home or gentleman's space.
Mr. Chow (Midtown East) (Dinner)
Appetizer: Squab Lettuce Wraps; Entree: Sweet & Sour Pork (served with steamed rice & seasonal vegetables); Dessert: Raspberry Sorbet & Vanilla Gelato; Beverage: Lychee Martini
I am so happy that I have finally tried the squab lettuce wraps that I have heard so much about. With the hoisin sauce and the chili sauce, I enjoyed them very much. The service was top notch, and there was a special noodle presentation by one of the chef's during dinner, which was very interesting and a pleasant surprise treat. I also enjoyed the birthday serenade that came with a decadent chocolate dessert.
You can also hear about more NYC Restaurant Week experiences on my post on Food Before Love.