Sunday, December 08, 2013

Raoul's rates high in NYC's Greenwich Village (12-7-13)

I was joined by my niece and nephew in NY for dinner last night and we tried a new find for us all, yet a NY standard well known.
RAOUL's (180 Prince St, NY) is on a quiet street in Greenwich Village which was a welcome sight having just been in the hectic mid-town of holiday shoppers and tourists. The place was quiet when we arrived at 5:30pm, but heaving when we left just over 2 hours later.
Raoul's reeks of French bistro with a bar up front, tine ceilings and walls(!!) and comfy booths. Our server Javier was helpful and excellent and adorable as well!
I asked about the Steak Tartare and he said it was the best; he was near to correct, if not spot on. It was tasty with mustard in the mix, a small raw quail egg still in its shell (cracked open at the top to pour it out) on top and a small tasty frisee on the side with Sherry Vinaigrette. The same vinaigrette adorned the Mesclun Salad my nephew had. My niece had the extremely hot but superb Soupe de Courge avec Hommard or Butternut Squash Soup with chunks of Lobster.
My nephew tried a tart and slightly sweet Cranberry, Blood Orange, Vodka and Black Pepper cocktail that was yummy, but then we all enjoyed a superb Santenaay 1er Cru "Beauregard" from Domaine Roger Belland 2010 that was drinking smoothly and full of flavor. It went with everything!
The bread was delish as well with yummy but simple butter.
Main courses were FUSILLI with Organic Tomato Sauce, Shitake Mushrooms and Chevre which my nephew said was delish. Noix de St. Jacques avec Puree de Camemberge was a divine Scallop dish with Maitake Mushrooms, Kale Chips and Cranberry Puree.
My ONGLET GRILLE was a simple medium rare(rare in the center) grilled hangar steak served with Carrot Puree, Spinach & Shoots. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, it was one of the best around in a long time.
For dessert my nephew had the Banana Coconut Bread Pudding with Banana Crème Fraiche which was nice and my niece and I split the yummy Sticky Fig Cake with Salted Toffee Sauce, Figs and Vanilla Ice Cream.
We were just about to finish up and the manager offered us free drinks if we went to the bar; they needed the table really bad! What luck for us and what a wonderful evening had by all!