Best of February 2015
March 12, 2015
The best restaurant in February goes to Delaware and Hudson in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As the name suggests, they serve regional American food from the Mid-Atlantic states. For dinner, they offer a pre fixe menu for $54 per person. It was not only a good deal but the food was really great. As a matter of fact, I awarded the best dish of the month to one of their dishes as well.
First you get a series of appetizers to share at the table - ours started with a small cup of cauliflower soup; soft pretzel roll; spaghetti squash with walnuts; smoked bluefish pate; shrimp on toast; and sour braised beef. They serve generous portions for each appetizer (and the rest of the meal) so don't get tempted to beg for an extra soft pretzel roll.
(left) smoked bluefish pate
(right) sour braised beef with caramelized onion
The first course was parsley spaetzel with red chard, Virginia ham and farmer's cheese. Both my husband and I loved this so much and we could not stop talking about it the next few days. So naturally, I picked it as the best dish of the month. It was actually a simple dish but very comforting and rich. It was like an American version of carbonara; Virginia ham instead of panchetta and a farmer's cheese instead parmigiano reggiano. This is definitely something I would love to recreate at home.
Parsley spaetzle, red chard and farmer's cheese
I was so satisfied and happy at that point and could not believe we are only halfway done.
I actually liked the appetizers and the first course more than the main dish but they were good too. I thought my duck breast was a little too raw for me and the fish was a little dry. The celery gratin that came with the duck was great, however.
red snapper with baby artichokes, potatoes and lemon
(right) pan roasted duck breast, celery pecan gratin, black kale, pomegranate
I would have been very happy even if they did not give us any desserts but their lemon tart was to die for and the warm chocolate cake was very decadent. They did not stop there. They brought a plate of petit fours to attempt to murder us at the end.
(left) lemon tart and warm chocolate cake
(right) selection of petit fours
There are so many chef's course-only restaurants in NYC and many of them are wonderful but you pay a hefty price for it. Usually from $75 and up and you rarely find anything less than $60. If we can eat such amazing food for $54 like Delaware and Hudson, paying $200 per person anywhere else seems a little ridiculous. There are plenty of people willing to pay a lot of money. I am very happy with the down to earth kind of food you find at Delaware and Hudson.