My grandma was visiting the East Coast, so it fell to her two city-based grandchildren, Blair and me, to plan her evenings in New York City. The first night, I arranged a dinner at The National, a restaurant in midtown led by celebrated chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
We were joined by my aunt Mary.
And by my uncle Dick and cousin Marisa.
For our starters, we had the following:
Roasted Tomato Soup seasoned with japanese peppers, herbs, brioche and olive oil.
Curly Kale Salad topped with cherry tomatoes, radish, spiced eggplant and tarragon herbs.
And Ice Cold Watermelon covered in pistachio, celery, pickled rind and gratin blue cheese.
For our main courses, we ordered:
Grilled Branzino served with fennel puree, kale, golden raisins and tapenade.
Grilled New York Strip Steak on potatoes and mizuna salad and coated with a red wine sauce.
Perciatelli Pasta served with scallion, pea pesto, english peas and pecorino.
And Five Spiced Braised Short Ribs with polenta, spicy dates, and marinated cucumber. This is the best dish on the menu, with the meat just melting in your mouth!
For dessert, we were on the same page! We all ordered the Vanilla Panna Cotta with blackberry sorbet and cookie crumble.
The food was delicious, and I absolutely recommend those short ribs!
For gram’s second night, Blair treated her (and us, luckily!) to gorgeous views of the city from his rooftop.
I think we made a good impression, don’t you Blair?