Tuesday, February 08, 2011
If you are looking for excellent food in an elegant setting without emptying your wallet, get yourself to Convivio for lunch during Restaurant Week, which has been extended to February 27. Though its Tudor City location is a bit out of the way, Convivio is making the best use of this deal to show people why they should make the extra effort to return. Unlike some places during Restaurant Week, Convivio makes sure you feel no less of a valued customer than a diner during any other time of the year.
My dining companions and I were able to sample the entire RW menu. These dishes were evidence that just because its winter doesn't mean that heavy foods are the only option. You won't find your average flavor pairings here. Yet, they're almost always successful; when they're not, it's the attempt that counts.
salmoriglio, (a sauce made from lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, chopped oregano and parsley, salt and pepper) was a nice, healthy dish, a match for the months when we're less active and burning off fewer calories.
vin cotto — is something to write home about. "Dear ______, I had the most amazing dish today. Why have I never come across something like this, even though I have eaten so much Italian food in my life?" The sauce, which comes from the reduction of a sweet grape, was so perfectly integrated that it seemed like the meat's natural flavor. The roasted sunchokes and carrots were a great side. It made me realize I had been mistakenly hating sunchokes all this time.
This was one of the top Restaurant Week meals I've had as a whole — lovely atmosphere, good service and terrific food. More restaurants should follow their lead.
Posted by kitchenette at 10:35 PM