10 (Wed) February 2016
Classic Lobster Newberg
-Financial District, New York, New York, USA-
Mission to USA + Personal Deviation, Day 5 (see previously 7.035 W T Fuku?).
In New York. Here to attend a meeting Tuesday to Friday on NCDs at the United Nations. Plus to give a guest lecture Monday on global health at TU. Flying back Saturday.
To upgrade the dining experience — beyond the bar apps and pizzas and sandwiches and noodle soups that I’ve been enjoying, thoroughly enjoying, thus far — a proper full-service meal was in order.
The current hot spots — to name a few under consideration : Daniel, Jean-George, Nobu, Le Bernardin, Le Cirque, Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar & Grill, Dirt Candy, Aquavit — were fully booked.
Alternatively, among the landmarks — such as Tavern on the Green, 21 Club, The Russian Tea Room, Delmonico’s — I went with Delmonico’s simply because it’s the oldest of the bunch (sort of).
Considering to start a series featuring restaurants claiming to be the oldest in a country/city (see for example 4.192 …Seolnong Tang).
The Lobster Newberg was phenomenal. Perfectly succulent chunks of lobster. Perfectly balanced sauce : a touch of tang, a touch of sweet, a touch of spice, all rolled into a luxurious blanket of cream. Plus the perfectly cooked brioche : crispy on the edges, fluffy within, like a plush goose down pillow wrapped in a high thread-count pillow case. And the caviar, like a piece of chocolate (to keep this metaphor going, at least visually), for a final kick of savory (although the metaphor doesn’t work in terms of flavor). One of the greatest dishes that I’ve ever experienced, ever.
Overall, it was the best meal that I’ve had in years (see previously 5.341 Cecina).
While I’m generally mindful of the blessing to enjoy good food every day — even when it’s kinda crappy — but times like this — with GMTD to shine the spotlight — I am utterly grateful, deeply and humbly.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN USA)