Seafood or steak restaurant? When you go to Ocean Prime, you might be a bit confused. This place is not unknown to me as I went there few times, often for lunch or a drink, their bar being quite busy in the evening. This time, it was Jodi who wanted to go as she wanted to try a dessert I have been talking about for quite some time. So here we are on a Friday evening. As we did not have any reservation, they put us on one of the side tables in the mezzanine, overlooking the dining room: it was a bit dark, but I was quite happy as the noise level was much lower than on the main floor.
Food wise, we had a great meal, sharing few items, vegetarian, like the goat cheese ravioli that are proposed as an appetizer but would make a perfect entree. These ravioli are simply superb: well done and soft, they have lots of goat cheese.
We also shared the smoked Gouda tater tots that were quite interesting: larger than regular tater tots, you could definitely taste the smoked Gouda.
We also got the truffle Mac and cheese that was deliciously creamy.
The last two were sides that accompanied my steak, a ribeye ordered medium-rare. The meat was quite delicious, tender, juicy, with a nice char.
I should mention the cocktail I got with my meal: the Rye on the Hudson, the 2018 National Bartender contest winner, a creation from Ocean Prime New York. It was made with Hudson Rye “Private barrel selection”, Cherry heering, dry Olorosso sherry and bitters. Succulent to say the least.
Last was the dessert that did not make us regret to go there: the warm butter cake that is their signature dessert. Served hot with vanilla ice cream, it was very addictive, like an olive oil cake but with tons of butter. If you go to Ocean Prime, it is a must have.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Ocean Prime - 123 West 52nd Street, NY 10019