Yesterday’s dinner at Union Square Cafe started like this. Hors d’Oeuvres for the table. Gougères warm and oozing liquid cheese, Schiacciata dell’Uva piled high with pancetta, Fried Sunchokes, and Apple-Parsnip Soup topped with Oysters. Ahh indulgence indeed!! It was all part of Union Square Cafe’s bi-annual Food & Wine Dinners, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
“Jack-O-Lobster” comes next. The name put a smile on everyone’s face. Not so serious, but decidedly delicious. Individual pumpkins for everyone. I received an orange, the fellow next to me had one in green + yellow, and the woman across had an all-green pumpkin. Sink your spoon in. Meaty lobster chunks tangled with chanterelles and leeks…and pumpkin of course. Paired with J. Schram Rosé, North Coast, 2000.
A little salad of mache lettuce accompanied the Rabbit Lasagna. How many layers of the supple pasta? I lost count at six. This was my favorite dish of the evening. Between each layer, tender rabbit meat nestled in with chestnuts and black truffles. Drink with: J. Schram, North Coast, 2004.
I had to hold back from eating all the excellent bread and butter for there was more to come. A Wagyu Strip Loin, rare in the center with Twice-Baked Potato – crisp skin and buttery, melting interior. A late harvest Mesclun dressed in Cabernet Vinaigrette. This was paired with the only non-sparkling wine of the night: J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, 2007.
And to end on a sweet note, a duo of Cinnamon Doughnuts. Miniature! Cake doughnuts! Hot out of the fryer, piled one on top of the other with Apple Cider Caramel and Roasted Apples tucked in the center. Did I ever tell you that Fall is my favorite season? Spring is too bright, Winter is gloomy, and Summer is just gross. So cheers to Fall: Crémant Demi-Sec, Napa Valley, 1986.
Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003