High Notes from the Weekend

Literally and figuratively, this weekend was full of high notes as my parents came into town from Ohio to support me at my performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (“Ode to Joy”) with Dessoff Symphonic Choir and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.  It was quite an experience to sing with one of the world’s finest orchestras and they positioned us right in front of the stage in front of the first row of people, so those with the orchestra seats in the first few rows definitely got what they paid for.  Apparently this was how it used to be done in the 19th century before they started moving choirs onstage – very cool.

Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without diving into some good culinary treats while the ‘rents were in town. One of their favorite parts about coming to see me in the city (besides seeing me of course) is exploring all the amazing delicacies NYC has to offer.

On Saturday night, I took them to Churrascaria Plataforma at 316 West 49th Street (http://www.churrascariaplataforma.com/) billed as “the steakhouse even vegetarians would love” for a lot of belly filling meats cut off the skewers and a taste of Brazil with the live music – fantastico!  You can enjoy the prix fixe here for $59.95 which comes with a great salad bar to start. And might I tell you this isn’t your typical salad bar, folks. The waiters will even tell you not to fill up on the salad bar which is very easy to do. My favorites were the asparagus risotto, fresh sushi (one of the rolls was wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber with fresh mango), cheeses and shrimp. 

After you haven’t sufficiently stuffed yourself on the salad bar (if you were following directions), you can turn your red sticker (a.k.a. stop bringing me meat – I’m a beached whale!) to green (a.k.a. bring it on!) for all types of meat delivered to your table – from lamb to pork loin to ribeye to chicken to turkey to flank steak… it’s certainly worth your $59.95.

On  Sunday, as I have been wanting to try this place for quite some time, we went to Bar Boulud, one of Mr. Daniel Boulud’s fine establishments near Lincoln Center – 1900 Broadway(http://www.barboulud.com/barboulud.html/). This bistro is billed in the vein of Parisian charcutier Gilles Verot and features a seasonal menu of French bistro cooking.  Check out the cool architecture which features the design of Thomas Schlesser of Design Bureaux – he’s a 2002 and 2005 James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Restaurant Design. He created a long, vaulted ceiling, a communal table (I sat here for a while while waiting and the meat slicer is quite an accouterment in front of you), and intimate booths.

For weekend brunch, they offer an incredible four course prix fixe for $26 which includes a pastry and coffee, your choice of hors d’oeuvres, a main and a dessert. 

I started with the croissant filled with chocolate:

Followed by the Soup De Chou-Fleur (cauliflower) – this broth was so creamy and buttery…

Followed by the Croque Madame (only difference in this and the Croque Monsieur is the egg on top) and features ham and melt-in-your-mouth gruyere:

And to finish off the meal the Floating Island – a meringue in a floating round of cream anglaise and topped with crusted almonds.  This is quite a bold statement, but I think if I was asked (and this was a question asked when I filled out my Zagat Guide Survey), this would be the dessert I would request as part of my last meal (with even more cream anglaise so the meringue was drowning!)  Absolutely can’t stop thinking about this.

As if this meal wasn’t enough to satisfy and I didn’t get enough meats on Saturday evening, my roommate’s family treated us to a dinner at Del Frisco’s on 1221 Avenue of The Americas (http://www.delfriscos.com/). I had the pleasure of enjoying a jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp cocktail platter accompanied by creole mustard, Italian marinade and classic shrimp sauce, followed by a delightful trio of 4 oz. filet mignons in a Merlot demi-glaze and topped with jumbo lump crab meat:

So many high notes I’m surprised the glass didn’t break or I didn’t burst.

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One Response to “High Notes from the Weekend”

  1. Blogging Boston « Mojitos & Florentine Says:

    […] was assembled using all oyster shells (it is somewhat reminiscent of the beautiful design of Bar Boulud in my opinion). The other wall features a rendition of Duxbury Bay where the oysters are grown. […]

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