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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3comments No tags Permalink 0

Lunch for two on a freezing (but sunny!) afternoon at The Modern.

Dinner is nice, but I prefer lunch in the dining room, front row seats to the MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. An amuse bouche of arctic char and raspberries…

…then warm bread at the table. Cranberry-walnut, green olives, and a classic French baguette. Butter, soft.

And then another bite, this time of marinated mackerel with sake-miso gelée and trout roe. I live for that pop, pop.

We ordered the same dish for course one. Diver scallops with uni and Scottish salmon.

There was supposed to be tuna with caviar on this plate, but our server didn’t mention they were out of tuna. So we got double the salmon (not of the scallop and uni ;). Had I known, I would have ordered the rabbit terrine instead.

Next, cabernet-poached foie gras with kumquat confit and a black pepper caramel…

…and the sturgeon and sauerkraut tart, complete with a caviar mousseline. It comes to the table with a dome which is then lifted to release applewood smoke. One of my favorite dishes from the meal.

Here’s a closer look.

For our third dish, the squab and foie gras croustillant for two. Ahh, look at that!

Comes with baby farm vegetables and caramelized ginger jus spooned tableside.

And then on to dessert! This is the apple-pear duo. Turn the plate around to reveal…

…a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes atop pear-quince marmalade. A scoop of huckleberry sorbet to finish.

And then, the caramel parfait. That’s a hot fudge crisp fanning over the plate, held up by the caramel parfait itself. Comes with “ten flavor sorbet” and coconut tapioca.

The best part was the mango ravioli…it reminds me of this mango and jasmine cream  in the Cap d’Antibes (wish I was there right now :)

Would you believe I forgot to take a photo of the mignardises? Shameful! I recall pistachio bonbons, dark chocolate bonbons, a perfect banana-nutmeg gelée, and marzipan cookies for the table.

The Modern | 9 W 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 | (212) 333-1220

  • lepiratelife
    November 30, -0001

    That almost looks too beautiful to eat!

  • Lauren
    February 20, 2013

    Those pancakes. That mango ravioli. It's so simple, yet brilliant! I think I'm due for another trip to this institution. Great pics.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 22, 2013

    Le Pirate – I agree! ^_^ Lauren – Both the pancakes and ravioli were so whimsical! The desserts alone is enough reason to return ^_^

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