Was off this week from work, and had the chance to live life a little. Really wanted to get all I could from the vacation time (as they tend to be rare for me), and when a friend mentioned going to NYC for Restaurant Week… I was game.
Basically Restaurant Week was a chance to check out some of the best restaurants in NYC at a cheaper than normal price. Granted, even at a reduced price it was going to place a “hurt’in” on my wallet ($35 per meal, plus the trip into the city), but with some money left over from my convention trip the weekend before, we set reservations at Capsouto Frères for 3 (me, my friend, and his brother) and prepared for the night.
For the $35 we each paid, we got a 3 course meal. We started with the appetizer which was a choice of Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Salmon Gravlax, or Pate de Canard. Being a group of bigger gentleman, it seemed all of us immediately skipped the choice of a salad, and thus I and my friend got the Pate de Canard while my friend’s brother got the Salmon Gravlax. Gotta say, while I thought the Pate de Canard was good, it honestly wasn’t my type of meal. Not to insult Capsouto Frères, but it felt like I was eating Spam with horse raddish (maybe I’m not use to this fancy eating). I more enjoyed the Samon Gravlax which my friend’s brother was kind enough to let me try. Pretty much was raw salmon with some sides, and as a sushi fan, it was the choice I probably should have gone with.
Next was the second course. The choices now were Sauteed Cod Fish with Brandade & Garlic Beurre Blanc, Sauteed Chicken Breast with Michigan Cherry Sauce, and Braised Lamb Shank. This time we each order something different, allowing us each to kind of share and try everything. My plate was the Sauteed Chicken Breast. Gotta say, it’s been quite some time since I’ve had chicken “that” good. Besides being well cooked and well prepared, the cherry sauce really did compliment it quite well. I got to try some of the Sauteed Cod and Lamb as well, and while I liked the Cod, I was not to much into the Lamb (though I think in general I’m not a big fan of Lamb, so my thoughts may be invalid here). In the end, I’m glad I got the plate I did, and was even a little reluctant to share. ^_^
Last course was dessert. Choices were Blueberry Crepe, Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp with Lavender Ice Cream, and Chocolate Mousse Cake. My friends brother ordered the Chocolate Mousse Cake, while I ordered the Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp. My friend decided instead of those or the Blueberry Crepes, to get a Souffle for an extra $5 (from what I was told, their Souffles our their specialty). Gotta say, where as the second course I felt I was the winner in choice, I didn’t so much on my dessert. This was honestly the first time I’ve had Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the main reason I got it was because it came with ice cream. Thing is though the Rubarb Strawberry Crisp is served hot (not warm, HOT) and the ice cream immediately melted before getting to really try it. Instead I was left with my hot, strawberry mush with what was now milk on top of it. Getting again to try my friends meals, I enjoyed the souffle, but as this is the first time I’ve ever had one I don’t know how good my judgement is on in. As a first time to the dessert, the best I can describe is is Angel Food Cake… but fluffier. Definately not bad. And last, chocolate mousse was great… and in the words of my friend “This stuff can get you laid”. Don’t know if I’d personally go that far with my statement, but it still says something I guess. 🙂
In the end it was still quite a bit of money, but for the experience, it was definitely worth it.