New York Restaurant Week this winter runs from January 23rd to February 10th, 2017. Restaurants that participate can offer a lunch prix fixe for $29.00 and a dinner prix fixe for $42.00. Some restaurants offer only lunch or dinner, some offer both. Some of the restaurant prix fixe are better deals than others (some are no better than the menu the rest of the year). Tavern62 by David Burke is offering its whole menu as part of Restaurant Week, not just a limited prix fixe menu. Tavern62 is located on East 62nd Street in the same townhouse where David Burke previously had restaurants davidburke & donatella and Fishtail
The menu includes some of David Burke’s signature dishes, like Pastrami Salmon, Candied Bacon and his cheesecake lollipop tree. The menu on the restaurant’s website hasn’t been updated, yet.
Everyone starts with a mini muffin. Butter is served on a small block of Himalayan salt.
I started with the Tuna Poke–light and fresh.
My companion had the clothesline candied bacon. It comes with scissors.
My companion’s main course was the bacon ravioli (yes, a bacon-themed meal). It looks like ravioli in a creamy cheesy sauce, but what you can’t tell from looking at it is how smoky and complex the flavors were. It was an absolutely unique and delicious dish.
Going with a lighter, fishier theme, I had the roasted branzino. Again, it looks like a simple dish, but the veracruz sauce had tons of flavor and unexpected heat. The fish was moist and perfectly cooked.
We shared the pecan tart and the smores cake for dessert.
All in all, it was definitely one of the best restaurant lunches I’ve had in a while. And Tavern62 by David Burke offers a great selection and value for restaurant week. I’ve already made another reservation–if the menu stays the same, I already know what I will order: the chowder and the bacon ravioli.
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.
The fish over mushy peas and chips (not in the photo) were a delicious reflection of Chef Jason Atherton’s British roots.
My lunch companion ordered the burger:
Dessert was cherry cheesecake and compote with cocoa whip cream and bits of chocolate sponge cake.