Last year, I finally made it to Delmonico, the famous steakhouse located in the Financial District and was curious to see what Delmonico's Kitchen would have to offer. It is quite a large place with a bar area at the entrance, a dining room next to it and a private party room behind the wine racks, all of them having different light settings. The dining room where we were was a bit dark, an element I notice not only because of the photos, but also because I like to see the food I am eating, especially when it comes to steak and I want to make sure it is at the right temperature (with my French accent, I am always making sure they understand I said "medium-rare" and not "medium-well"...).
I decided to order a cocktail and picked the Blood and Sand, made with Glenmorangie 10 y/o, orange juice, cherry heering and carpano antica, an Italian Vermouth. It had a beautiful color and was very good, a bit strong but still rendering a nice orange flavor.
For appetizer, I wanted bacon, but, unfortunately, they only offered a large plate. So, we decided to go with Billy's bacon and burrata, a dish made of a Maple Brook Farm burrata, pickled red onions, heirloom tomato and melon. The bacon and burrata were really good and paired well together, the bacon adding some saltness and smokiness to the cheese. However, it was missing a bit of seasoning.
For steaks, Jodi went for the filet mignon (ordered medium):
And I went for the Delmonico (ordered medium-rare) that is their signature steak, a boneless ribeye with fried onions on top.
The steaks were just ok: tender, well cooked, they were not that flavorful and not juicy.
With the steaks, we ordered the onion rings with blue cheese that we had in their other restaurant and were disappointed when we saw it coming: not as decadent as the dish we tried in the past. The onion rings were a bit soggy on top of that.
Last was dessert that we were looking forward to: we ordered their brioche beignets served with a chocolate and a caramel sauce. I found them just ok.
I was a bit disappointed when I left Demonico's Kitchen: the food was just ok, the bill we ended up with adding to my deception. Was it an off night considering the party that was taking place in the private room? I do not know, and I should not care.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Delmonico's Kitchen - 207 W 36th St, New York, NY 10001