Thursday, January 29, 2009
Guest Foodista Courtney on NYC's Seasonal
Top two images, courtesy of Seasonal
My colleague Courtney, who's a journalist is back with another guest review. You might remember her way back when she wrote about her experience at the romantic DC restaurant, Marvin. This time, Courtney covers NYC's Seasonal, a very special kind of eatery--upscale, non-pretentious and delicious.
Seasonal - 132 West 58th Street, New York NY 10019
N/R/W/Q Train to 57th Street
Atmosphere: Seasonal is an elegant European midtown restaurant in a warm alcove of leather cubby seating, natural wood floors and brilliant white walls--adorned with contemporary Austrian and German art.
Aperitif - The "Spicemaker," a Maker's Mark mix of cinnamon, tangerine and spices warmed me up on a very cold January evening.
Appetizers - The beet infused pasta, accompanying the buttery scallops was phenomenal--in fact, one of the best food items I've ever eaten. The Executive Chef, Wolfgang Ban, came over to tell us how he had peeled the beets, cooked them for hours, saved the juices and allowed the tender pasta to soak up the purple flavors all morning.
Entrees - The pumpkin seed crusted Black Sea Bass with butternut squash sauce and black truffles was fresh and full of texture.
Wine - The Austrian and German wine pairings were exceptional; the attentive wait staff paired the appetizers with a very dry white and then followed up with a fruity, light wine for the main courses.
Dessert - Our dessert, pumpkin seed semolina cream with fig confit, was very unique and tasted better with each bite.
Costs: Seasonal is an expensive Midtown restaurant, but they deliver elegant service and use only the freshest ingredients from locally sourced products. Appetizers cost between $10 - $18 and entrees are between $21 - $32. Seasonal produced the utmost quality in their cuisine. My only disappointment was with the boring white bread, but I shouldn't have eaten two pieces of it anyway.