Friday, January 23, 2009
NYC Restaurant Week
Day 1 - January 22
My friend & I did not have reservations planned, so on our way to Serendipity for hot chocolate and maybe a burger, we stumbled by TAO. Darlene never been, so we went in. I've been here before a couple of times and was not impressed by the food but always had a good experience. Today it was tasty, comfortable, great service, and a great deal. Darlene loved the whole experience.
Lunch - TAO ($24)
Bang Bang Chicken Salad - good flavors, but too much dressing and need more vegetables
Chicken Pad Thai - great asian mixture of vegetables, mushrooms, rice noodles, and spices
Banana Bread Pudding - brought me back to "kid time" - bananas, pudding & cookies
Food - 2.5-I will return, great for lunch
Service - 4.5-attentive but not overwhelming & friendly (from entrance to exit) GREAT!!!!
Atmosphere - 4-alluring, comfortable, hip
Rating 3.25 (out of 5)
Being the first Restaurant Week 2009 experience for me - overall it was a really good dinner & experience. Innovative, ambrosia to the tongue, and good service (after our long wait after our initial drinks).
Dinner - Country ($35 + drinks)
Cauliflower & Celery Root Panna Cotta (paprika jus, petite mixed greens) - WOW, delicious
Lightly Smoked Atlantic Salmon (lemon nage, fingerling confit, scallions - prepared perfectly, crispy skin and moist inside-aromatics yum
Creme Brulee - tried and true - smooth and creamy
Food - 4 new american delicious-a must to try
Service - 3.5-slow but attentive stylish & semi-formal
Atmosphere - 4-old NY with ambiance
Rating 4 (out of 5)