Marea Restaurant NYC
You see, in NYC you can eat like a Queen, for the price of a peasant at many of the Michelin-star restaurants. Basically, you get the same quality and service for half to three-fourths of the price. It’s called lunch.
Many of the top restaurants (and i’m sure many others) have a prix fixe menu (set price charged for all the meal’s courses) for 2-4 courses, during lunch. I stumbled upon this invaluable information during my restaurant research. I’ve never been a “bargain shopper” (I just don’t have the patience), but who i am i to turn down a bargain, if it is put in front of me, especially on food.
So, with this information, i decided on two lunch choices. Two. because i was only “eligible” for two, as the prix fixe menu at these Michelin-star restaurants are only offered Monday-Friday. So with the two days I had, Thursday and Friday, I selected Marea Restaurant and Le Bernardin Restaurant.
The first lunch was at Marea a two-star Michelin restaurant. Marea has a “business lunch” for 47.00 dollars, for 2-courses. This is a substantial discount, as their dinner menu is priced at 99.00 dollars for 4-courses. This is still an AMAZING price for a two-star Michelin restaurant, given the quality of their food (according to me, ha).
I THOUGHT the 2-course menu wasn’t going to fill me up. So, I selected an optional third, for of course a “nominal” fee. I selected crudo, which consisted of three different types of sashimi. All of which were beautifully presented. This was a nice departure from the usual salad or soup and a very “light” choice.
However, it was the following two courses that really transport me back to that heavenly moment and make me voraciously wanting more, as i write this blog post.
“Cannolichi,” which is razor clams with heirloom tomatoes, saffron, fennel soffritto and basil. The clams were cooked to perfection, but it was the sauce that was so fresh, bright and light. Everything was balanced and every bite was equally harmonious. I’m sure i could have been completely content with just this dish alone, but the gluttonous side of me, wanted to continue to indulge. So on to the third course i went.
My third course was “Tagiliata” creekstone farms sirloin, bone marrow panzanella, braised romaine.
First, i will state the obvious here, it all melted in my mouth, every single bite! When you put bone marrow with anything, this is always the result.
Second the beef, SO tender, i have had organic, dry aged, wagu and Kobe beef that has not been this succulently tender. And oh, the textures, with the crispy braised romaine and the crunchy panzanella to soak up the luxurious sauce that surrounded the tender sirloin.
I can honestly say, if that dish, had been my final meal, i would have been completely sated. But, lucky for me, I had another lunch scheduled for the next day, at Le Bernardin.
If you missed Part I, it can be read here: KO | MOMOFUKU NYC EATING EXTRAVAGANZA – PART I