Last Monday most offices were closed for the Memorial Day holiday, mine included. Since many fine establishments offer much more inexpensive offerings mid-day as opposed to dinner time, I took this day off as an opportunity to visit a restaurant I’d been wanting to try.
Not only is Gotham Bar and Grill a famous New York establishment, it also boasts a fresh complimentary review by Sam Sifton of the New York Times, which awarded the restaurant with 3 very deserving stars.
My impression of the appearance of Gotham was civilized elegance, with starched white tablecloths and cascading chandeliers, yet it didn’t give off a stuffy feeling. The food matched those feelings, making it the perfect place for a white-dress Memorial Day lunch.
They seated us at the best table in the house, even though we were about 15 fashionable minutes late. (oopsie) We sat on a slight platform in the dining area that overlooked the rest of the room, and I’ll just come out and say it: I felt important.
We began our meal with a bottle of 2009 ‘Las Brisas’ and starters. Gotham happened to be celebrating their Greenmarket Prix Fix Lunch at the time (of course I planned it), and so I chose from that menu the Pear and Grapefruit salad which was offset by micro greens, edamame, and a splash of spicy and savory vinaigrette.
The boyf ordered the White Tuna Ceviche, which was truly one of the most beautiful and tasty appetizers I’ve ever had.
It came with cucumber, granny smith apple, radish, red onion, jalapeno, and an avocado cilantro puree. Divine.
For the main course, I ordered the Pan Roasted Day Boat Haddock with potato puree, escarole and white beans.
He had the classic Gotham Burger, a dry aged beef which came with truffle cheese, pickled vegetables, and kennebec fries. Addicting.
We completed the meal the best way I know how, with dessert and espresso. From the Greenmarket menu I tried the Yuzu Meringue Tart. It was accented with a coconut granita, black sesame brittle and sugared blueberries. It tasted like Spring in my mouth and was a completely gorgeous dish to end on.
I loved the entire experience at Gotham. We left full and happy, unlike other fine restaurants where you’re fed peanuts for a fortune, and the service was wonderfully prompt and helpful. I would go back for a nice meal or recommend it to a friend in a heartbeat.