In NYC for a few days of meetings, I had a chance to try out Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s NY outpost of his long-standing Philadelphia flagship restaurant. Our omasake was, simply put, amazing. The first and among the more memorable of dishes was the Tuna Tartare, unlike any I’d ever had. Minced to a fine texture on a slab-like plate, it was accompanied by osetra caviar, crème fraîche, wasabi, dashi-soy and some tiny rice puffs. With the provided spatula-like utensil, we mixed the tuna with the condiments – sublime. Next up was the whitefish carpaccio with hot oil and micro-green mitsuba leaf. Very classically Morimoto and just a perfect taste combining cool fish with the hot oil. Next was a crave-worthy dish I will not soon forget – Oyster Foie Gras. Combining a freshly steamed oyster, uni, foie gras and a very light teriyaki sauce, the dish reached the pinnacle of unctuous decadence. Only comment would be that a raw cool oyster might work even better. Next up was a very refined maki/sushi course – I’ve had similar quality and frankly forgot to take a photo of this course. This was followed by a shot-glass of a very fine tea as an intermezzo. Next up was a ‘surf-and-turf’ of lobster in a fiery chili rub with kobe steak. I’m still not a fan of kobe beef – just seems to come out gray and unappetizing many times I’ve had it. But the lobster was great. The dessert was, I think, an apricot financier with a lovely house-made ice cream. A great meal all around I will remember for a long time.
After a superb dinner at the NY outpost of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, I realized we were only a block from the just-opened High Line park. It was really amazing to see this innovative park which renovated a decades-long defunct elevated railway into a park as dusk settled on Manhattan. I hope to come back soon to see it in daylight as well.
With meetings on both Friday afternoon and early Monday morning, I negotiated with Amy and ended up spending the weekend there. That gave me a great opportunity to catch up with cousin Miriam & Steven and their twins (Chella and Grey above), as well as other friends like Erin and Christopher (and Lilly) as well as Hart and his wife Cella. Lots of c/hellas, who wouda thunk? It was a fun weekend – even if it meant being away from the family. The game was not bad either!
This photo was shot near Chris’ place way up the Hudson as the sun was setting. I like the feeling here. For more photos, click here.
Posted to my Flickr account a while back – love this pair of images taken a few hours apart from my hotel room while I was cramming for a presentation the following morning – wanted to share them here on Trotz.com. A couple more images can be found here.