For our next Restaurant Week place, we picked TriBeCa Grill, one of the oldest restaurants in the coveted area (it opened in 1990) and the first venture in the restaurant business of Robert De Niro. It is also co-owned by Lou Diamond Philips among others.
This ancient warehouse has an impressive decor, between the high ceilings, large chandeliers and what I read are Robert De Niro's father's paintings.
After the usual bread and butter, our first dishes came. For her appetizer, Jodi ordered the baby beet salad, served with Asian pear, raisin chutney and goat cheese (she asked for no hazelnuts).
On my side, I went for the New England Clam Chowder.
The clam chowder was very good, quite smokey considering the generous amount of bacon there was in it. The salad was also good, the goat cheese deliciously counterbalancing the sweetness of the beets and chutney.
For the entrée, Jodi went for the salmon that was grilled with lemon and thyme, and served with white Tuscan beans and arugula.
It was good, the salmon being perfectly cooked and moist and the white beans being a nice garniture.
On my side, I ordered the Amish chicken, that came with whipped potatoes and haricots verts.
I admit that I started with the haricots verts as I am often disappointed with them, restaurants cooking them just a bit to preserve the vitamins. In France, it would be cooked longer and be softer. At TriBeCa Grill, it was cooked as I like them! That was a good start! Then, I tried the chicken that was very good: moist, with a nice grilled skin. Last was the whipped potatoes that were, as expected, delicious.
After that came dessert. For Jodi, it was the TriBeCa chocolate cake that was just ok, not tasting as chocolatey as I would have expected.
But, my dish was fabulous: it was the apple, pear and cranberry crumble.
When it came to the table, I could smell the butter emanating from the crumble part. The first bite was divine: heavenly sweet and buttery, this dessert was amazing.
We had a nice dinner at TriBeCa Grill, but I admit that, although the food was good, I was not as excited as I was when I went to Tamarind, that is close by, or Hakkasan, these two places showcasing their menu in a way that is embracing truly the spirit of Restaurant Week. But I enjoyed it, I did...
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