This year's Restaurant Week (aka Restaurant Month) led me back to Riverpark with the same wonderful results but to somewhere new as well, Gotham Bar and Grill:
|Sunchoke soup: blood orange reduction, Satsuma mandarin emulsion|
The Restaurant Week lunch menu at Gotham Bar and Grill started off promising and continued to get better with a few hiccups here and there. A creamy mellow sunchoke soup was made exciting with a tart citrus foam, warm mandarin sections, and halo of blood orange.
|Kale and radicchio salad: apple marcona almonds, and parmesan muscat vinaigrette|
|Slow cooked chicken breast: couscous salad, grilled eggplant, apricot and golden raisin chutney, harissa yogurt|
The entree was an impressive chicken breast dressed up with faintly Moroccan flavors. Crowned with a sweet chutney, the roast chicken rested atop a fruity couscous salad and some sadly charred eggplant and bitter demi-glace.
|Orange parfait: butterscotch cake, passion fruit, brown butter ice cream, spiced meringue|
The dessert, while surprisingly petite compared to the previous courses, was just the perfect size and tartness to cleanse the palate after an ample meal. Keep your eyes out for the next Restaurant Week to dine at wonderful restaurants you wouldn't have tried otherwise!