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56 Beaver St
at William Street, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 509-1144
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at Delmonico's - Chef Rick Laakkonen - May 2009:
56 Beaver St at William Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 509-1144
Graphic rendering of the historic Delmonico's & surrounding streets:
Corner of Beaver & William Streets; Delmonico's Restaurant.
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The Delmonico building in moonlight,
the restaurant's doorway bright and inviting.
- Warm Lobster Salad And American Caviar
Wonderful lobster flavors in the soup, which -thankfully- was not too creamy at all. The lobster salad and the caviar gave it additional flavors and texture.
This is easily the best lobster bisque we have ever tasted. This, of course, was not surprising: after all, we were eating food prepared by the man whose dish, the "Tidal Pool" (at his ILO restaurant) was just phenomenal. We still dream about it. And now, I would go back to Delmonico's just for this bisque.
Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio
- Avocado, Hearts Of Palm, Tomago
Spicy Pepper And Eggplant Purees
This dreamily tender beef tenderloin carpaccio just melted in the mouth, parting with such succulent and delicate flavors in the process that I wanted to savor every single bite.
The little "garnishes" (or should I say: delightful, perfectly placed little bites of texture and complementing flavors) worked well, making the whole thing just a pure joy (ilo) to eat. I need to go back for more of this, too.
Blue Crab Cake
-Fried Baby Artichoke And Saffron Aioli
The large, delicious cakes consisted of only crab meat -super fresh, tender crab meat, and were only lightly "breaded" on the outside. The baby artichokes and the aioli worked well with the crab meat. Yes, we would happily go have more of this, too...
-Meyer’s All Natural Angus Boneless Rib Eye, fried onion
I had it almost black and blue. Do I even need to say it? Superb. I do not eat steak very often, but I have to admit that I was having a revelation here: You could really taste that this was seriously high quality meat. What a difference. I do not know what was in the rub, but it tasted delicious. I took half of this delicacy home.
1876 Lobster Newburg
-Sauce a’ la Wenberg
Perfect, best Lobster Newburg we have tasted. This dish, as all other main courses, was generously sized (we walked out carrying several "doggie bags"); Delmonico's does not skimp on the lobster.
I was happy to see that there actually exists such a thing like a Lobster Newburg that is not drowned in a cream sauce. And the (not too heavy at all) sauce at Delmonico's was delicious.
Our guest was in bliss over this one (and she took half of it home: yes, it was still very tasty the next day).
-sauteed mushrooms, greens, caramelized onions, garlic.
Quite delicious. Clearly a "Laakkonen" fish.
Tender, moist, mouthwatering flavors.
The garnishes were great. My husband could not stop eating this, even though this one also was a large portion.
Sides: (as if we needed any)
Asparagus gratin, Delmonico's Fingerling potatoes.
Almond Cake, Apricot, Banana Ice Cream
If you like Baked Alaska, you will be very happy at Delmonico's. I guess all the "copycats" just do not have the excat, delicious recipe - or the skill to prepare it just right. Maybe Delmonico's has a brilliant dessert chef? What ever the reason is, I had an "aha" moment with this (dessert) dish, too.
Dessert drink: Inniskillin Icewine (Great with the Alaska).
|... to be continued...|
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