Sunday in New York

Sunday, 6 April, 2014 – USA Food and Wine Tour

Another day of mixed emotions.

We go to Harry’s Bar for Brekkie which is the same restaurant as we were in last night. To say the least, it was a disappointment. Julie ordered the Continental Breakfast and got the fruit salad and the basket of pastries, loaded with sugar. But no toast until near the end and then no butter and a jam selection of 3 bottles that were all the same. My omelet was ordinary but OK but again toast was very late and it was cold, no butter and generally unacceptable.

This slow start lifted dramatically at the middle of the day. We are headed to a 3 star Michelin the other side of Central Park. On the walk over Colin insists that some of us go on a Horse and Carriage ride around Central Park.

The Girls in the Carriage

The Girls in the Carriage

The Horse and His Elite Passengers

The Horse and His Elite Passengers

The Driver, Luis from Brazil, was very knowledgeable and informative. He said that it was the last day for the ice rinks and the first day for areas such as the theatre area where the Simon and Garfunkel concert was held. He also talked about the restaurant that we were going to and its counterpart in Napa Valley.

Yes, we are going to Per Se the NYC restaurant from Thomas Keller who has the French Laundry in Napa, among others. This is a 3 start Michelin and was very good. There are going to be a lot of pictures following as this was 9 courses plus a few freebie extras:

The Menu, I will try to do a better version later

The Menu, I will try to do a better version later

Gourjns of Gruyere - Extra

Gourjns of Gruyere – Extra

Cornets with salmon, cheese, etc - my favourite on the day

Cornets with salmon, cheese, etc – my favourite on the day

Special Delivery of the first course

Special Delivery of the first course

Oysters and Pearls - Oysters and Sturgeon Caviar, another great dish

Oysters and Pearls – Oysters and Sturgeon Caviar, another great dish

Amazing Asparagus Salad

Amazing Asparagus Salad

Confit of Halibut (sorry about the blur)

Confit of Halibut (sorry about the blur)

Nova Scotia Lobster

Nova Scotia Lobster

We then switch to meats which means we also switch to red wine.

Lancaster Amish Hen

Lancaster Amish Hen

This is interesting because Lancaster is where my Mother was born and raised. We will be visiting Lancaster on the second part of the journey with GB.

Serve of the Hen, more stunning plating

Serve of the Hen, more stunning plating

Ribeye from Idaho's Snake River

Ribeye from Idaho’s Snake River

The steak was stunningly tender and flavoursome. Another family coincidence – my Father was born in Idaho near the Snake River. Then it is on to three courses to finish up the meal.

Cabot Cothbound Cheddar - a vey rich, strong Cheddar

Cabot Cothbound Cheddar – a vey rich, strong Cheddar

We told the staff that I did not do dessert so they brought me two courses of fruit while the others had their dessert. I also asked for more red wine instead of the sticky.

Rhubarb and Gin

Rhubarb and Gin

Chopped Mango for me

Chopped Mango for me

Coconut Marquise

Coconut Marquise

Mixed Grapefruit for Me

Mixed Grapefruit for Me

Petit Fours - the guys loved the selection and implementation

Petit Fours – the guys loved the selection and implementation

This was a simply stunning meal, the best I have ever had in the USA. The serving staff was very good with the two main guys long time Per Se employees extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Their two support staff “Daniels” were also quite good and knowledgeable. All in all a great time. Highly recommended albeit it ain’t cheap.

http://www.perseny.com/

The Lunch lasted most of the afternoon and I went back to the room for a couple hours of sleep. Then things go down hill for me. I had been feeling bloated since Breakfast but still managed to soldier through the 12 courses. But back at the Hotel room I was feeling worse and worse. So I thought I would try an experiment – having a glass of wine. One sip did the trick and I then had perhaps my biggest chunder of all time, losing all of the great food that we had had for lunch (too much information). Remarkably after that, I felt much better and was even able to have a few sips of the wine. I am perfectly fine the next day.

So a day of downs, stunning ups and finally downs.

About beauperi

Gourmand & Wine Connoisseur.
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2 Responses to Sunday in New York

  1. Dawn says:

    Hi Julie and Patrick, Love your photos! The 3 star restaurants looked sensational! Shame about the everyday places – we are so spoilt for choice here with great breakfast and lunch places everywhere – generally good service too!
    Had lunch today at Kew Nursery with some old workmates, cost me $20 including coffee. As I said I feel very spoilt for choice here in Melbourne.
    Looking forward to the Taxi dinner soon with Lois and Peter.
    Love from us, Dawn XX

  2. selena moorfield says:

    Per Se looks great! Must try it if given a chance.

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