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.