Sunday, August 5, 2012


So. "I like to Eat" has been slightly neglected. And I don't know if it's going to get any better between now and November 6th - occupational hazard. I am certainly getting out less and less but I still have content I want to share. However, in an attempt to keep some thoughts flowing vs. no thoughts, the next 93 days might feature more of a food picture show with an overall feeling (and rating) and not a lot of in depth detail. Feel free to ask questions or more details if interested.

Blackbird. One of the most respected and well known restaurants in the city for the past 14 years. I had never been so it was an appropriate idea for my birthday dinner (that was two months ago!). Overall I liked our meal and thought the food was very good. The space is small and very minimalist and extremely close tables with no privacy. We had an early seating so it wasn't packed when we sat down but by the time we left it was wall to wall. The service is spot on and I like the menu as being very approachable and easy to understand. What I appreciate most about Blackbird is that they serve 'regular' food prepared with a fine dining touch and style. There are no gimmicks, no foam balls wrapped inside a magic cube of grass colored corn starch (I'm exaggerating a bit here). Everything is refined, clean and classy. I give it 3 of 4 stars because I wasn't blown away with anything and I think the menu is priced to perfection (i.e. on the expensive side). Blackbird does all the little things right and presents a sophisticated and elegant meal in a setting more relaxed than the menu would suggest.

A quick rundown of the meal: amuse bouche of salmon and grape, I had the salad of endives with crispy potatoes, basil, dijon, pancetta and poached egg to start and the prime striploin as the main dish. Everyone else ordered  a few soups, soft shelf crab, and a lot of fish for mains. We did the obligatory birthday dessert of rice bread pudding or something and chocolate for me madre. The desserts were very good and a nice way to end the meal.

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