Restaurant week gets me away from my “usual suspects” and venturing to other parts of town I don’s normally go to. Based on suggestions and reviews, I picked Rouge Tomate on East 60th. After looking through both the prix fix menu (and wine tasting menu), we decided to order off the main menu.
We both love red wine but in ordering mostly fish and vegetables, we couldn’t decide if a pinot noir was the way to go. The sommelier recommended a gamay or beaujolias. Quelle bon idea. We ordered 2008 Beaujolais, Domaine des Terres Dorées, “L’Ancien”. It’s very bright and slightly lemon-y. Perfect with fish — and it even stood up to the veal.
We shared a trio of seasonal toasts:
Celery Root Rémoulade with Cornichon, Quail Egg, Tarragon
Heirloom Cauliflower with Basil, Pesto, Garlic, Olive
Wild Mushroom with Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Leek, Thyme
Portuguese Sardine en Escabèche with Rancho Gordo Beans, Fennel Pistou, Black Olive Oil
Greenmarket Winter Squash Soup with Apple, Pumpkin Seed, Anisette
Bittersweet Chocolate Sphere with Bananas, Frangipane, Street Cart Almonds
Hawaiian Walu Ceviche with Avocado, Yuzu, Jicama, White Soy (yes, it has gluten but I was fine)
Warm Octopus Salad with Freshly Dug Potato, Fennel Escabeche, Mizuna, Saffron Rouille
Pappardelle with Veal Ragoût with Sweetbread (a generous 4), Hedgehog Mushroom, Winter Root Vegetables, Fines Herbes (Because I’m gluten intolerant, the kitchen made it with without the pasta. It was a perfect portion.)
Bourbon Vanilla Cheesecake with Blood Orange, Kumquat and Pomegranate Sorbet
The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was cosy despite the spaciousness of the place. And the food was comforting yet sophisticated in its execution. I will definitely return.