It's been a while I wanted to go to Landmarc, the restaurant co-owned by Chef Marc Murphy that I met when dining at Kingside few days after its opening. I could have gone to the location in the Time Warner building, but preferred the original one, that opened in 2004 and seems to have a more human size.
We went for brunch and got seated on the second floor where few large parties were gathering, showing how kid friendly this place is for lunch, as the number of strollers outside can attest. There is some warmth to the place, coziness and the service was excellent.
Menu wise, it is a mix of New American, French and Italian, offering so many different choices that it was a bit overwhelming, at least for me. Imagine: they serve steaks, pasta, as well as bistro dishes. Price wise, you get a bit of everything: the sandwiches are reasonable, whereas some appetizers, like the goat cheese profiteroles, were slightly overpriced.
But hey, I did not regret ordering it: it was delicious, the choux being exquisite, being a perfect savory version of a classic French dessert.
Continuing with another French dish, Jodi got the salade Niçoise, served with seared tuna (as a reminder, the original recipe calls for canned tuna, a bit less elegant).
On my side, I went for a Croque Madame, a Croque Monsieur with an egg on top.
This was fantastic and probably one of the best I ever had! The egg was perfectly cooked and runny, there was a lot of ham, and, as you can see on the photo, there was tons of gruyère cheese. It was served on a country bread that had this nice char that makes me think that it was grilled over a flame at some point. I highly recommend it.
We did not have any dessert as we had other plans, but it seems that they have a sampler for $20. Next time, because for sure, we will go back!
Enjoy (I did)!
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