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It is Restaurant Week in New York (from July 25-August 19,2016) so it was time to figure out which restaurants were offering nice prix fixe menus ($29 lunch or $42 dinner)–ones that are not normally available outside of restaurant week.  I had lunch at The Clocktower shortly after they opened some months back.  It is a beautiful restaurant and I was happy to see that they were doing a restaurant week lunch. Their normal lunch prix fixe is $39.  

The restaurant week menu offers a choice of three appetizers, three mains and two desserts. I went pescatarian, ordering the fluke crudo to start followed by fish and chips. 

I enjoyed my lunch, but I was very surprised by the fluke crudo. Rather than being cold and raw, it was hot. At first I thought the waiter had delivered the wrong dish. I asked and was told it was “lightly poached.”  The dish was tasty but not what I expected and even a little well done.   It ended up being too similar to my main course–both were cooked fish over something deep green. 
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The fish over mushy peas and chips (not in the photo) were a delicious reflection of Chef Jason Atherton’s British roots. 

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My lunch companion ordered the burger:

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Dessert was cherry cheesecake and compote with cocoa whip cream and bits of chocolate sponge cake. 

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