Celebrating Restaurant Week at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York | I just want to eat!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Celebrating Restaurant Week at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

image of Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

It is no secret that I am not a big fan of Restaurant Week, because a lot of restaurants are using this event more to make money than making people discover their cuisine. In the past, I had bad experiences at steakhouses (check out my try out at Dino & Harry in Hoboken), as well as all american restaurants like Beacon (closed since) where we ended up with a hefty bill because of all the supplements they were asking for dishes whether it was appetizers or entrees. So it has been a while since I took the opportunity to go to a restaurant offering a menu for Restaurant Week, but this time, I had a strategy: I picked restaurants that usually have a lunch prix-fixe. 
image of restaurant week at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

That is how I ended up at Remi, an Italian restaurant located Midtown Manhattan that was not unknown to me.
image of mural at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

Remi is an upscale Italian restaurant with a clientele that is more business than tourists. In terms of decor, it has this impressive mural representing Venice and its canals.
image of mural at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

The $25 menu for restaurant week includes an appetizer, an entree and a dessert with a choice for vegetarians. After we ordered, they bought us some bread (there was focaccia) that was delicious dipped in olive oil.
image of bread basket at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

For the appetizer, I ordered the Melanzane e Mozzarella alla Parmigiana similar to an eggplant parmesan:

image of eggplant with mozzarella gratinee at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

It was in fact a baked eggplant and mozzarella gratinee with a tomato sauce. If you look at the photo, you can see that there was a lot of cheese, and I mean a lot! I loved that dish: this is a more decadent version of an eggplant parmesan. The sauce was not as light as they advertise and had a bold flavor and the eggplant was perfectly cooked. This was a fantastic dish and I am surprised that they are proposing it as an appetizer only.

For the entree, I picked the Fegato alla Veneziana or “Venetian Style” Calf Liver:
image of Venetian style calf liver at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

The liver was sautéed with onions and served with a creamy polenta. Although the liver was gamey, I really enjoyed the dish, the sauce having a bit of acidity to offset the sweetness of the onions. The polenta was also perfect, creamy and not dry, it was an excellent choice of garnish.

Last was dessert. I went for the Crema Catalana or crème brûlée:
image of creme brûlée at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

That was very good: not too sweet, the custard was well set, with a nice torched sugar crust on top. This dessert was perfect with a double espresso.
image of espresso at Remi, in Midtown West, NYC, New York

This was a delicious meal at Remi and I am glad I picked this place for Restaurant Week. So in case you are not sure where to go, I suggest you check out this place! And do not forget that they have a prix-fixe all year long.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Remi Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Times Square / Italian
* Street Address
145 West 53rd St., New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(212) 581-4242

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