This post begins my short farewell to NYC tour. These will be many of my favorite places in NYC so I won’t be writing much because I’ve said it all before and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
oysters and pearls
salad of greenmarket squash, jingle bell peppers, picholine olive tapenade, aged parmesan and romesco
butter poached maine lobster, forest mushroom “tortellini,” green asparagus and sauce americaine
herb roasted elysian fields farm lamb, ruby beets, hakurei turnips, marcona almonds, and green peppercorn jus
“velvet elvis,” banana creme fraiche sherbet, peanut butter sabayon, and TKO crumble
An absolutely perfect spot for a sunny Seattle day. I loved Westward on my last trip to Seattle and so happy to get back here.
wood oven baked gigante beans, tomato, feta, breadcrumbs & marjoram
smoked arctic char salad, grilled asparagus, lentils, pan fried croutons, poached eggs
It is certainly a trek to get to Willows Inn which kept me from going for quite a while but I am so glad that I finally made the effort (with a gentle push from some friends). If you stay at the inn, dinner feels like the best dinner party you have probably been to. It started with the first snacks on the patio, moved to the dining room and ended with a perfect sunset at dessert. While 2017 is not over yet, this will easily be one of my most memorable experiences of the year.
toasted kale leaves
pink singing scallops
rhubarb in angelica
oysters and wildcress
lightly-cured rockfish in a broth of grilled bones
grilled geoduck clam
reefnet caught smoked sockeye
grilled and fermented green garlic
aged venison leg
dungeness crab soaked in pine nuts
bread from heirloom wheat and crab brain
black cod and currant leaves
toasted birch branches
woodruff and nettles
quince and candied rosemary
pears, black walnuts, flax seeds
Somehow I did not take any photos of my actual steak, but Bateau is actually a steakhouse via Renee Erickson whose other Seattle spots I love. Ordering can be a bit daunting as chalkboards list all of the selections of the day and there are so so many choices of cuts and often the same cuts from different farms. Many cuts I knew but perhaps even more that I did not. And while it is tempting when faced with such a large menu to pick a tried-and-true cut, it is really the perfect opportunity to try something you may not have elsewhere. The steak was delicious, as was the tartare but the side of english peas stole the show.
steak tartare – beet green sauerkraut, dill, cured yolk, rye toast
asparagus – nettles, egg yolk, salmon roe
english peas – burnt lemon, macron almonds, tarragon and fresh cheese
Once again another great experience at one Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant picks. If you find yourself in Portland, Tusk is a definitely must-do. Such vibrant dishes which matched a very un-Portland space and flavor and ingredient combinations that I could eat very very frequently.
Chickpea fries – fresh garlic, amba mayonnaise
Asparagus – anchovy, preserved lemon, labneh
Broccoli – carrots, dates, cilantro, almonds, shiso, crispy quinoa
Sprouted barley – snap peas, radishes, apricots, pistachios, basil, fresh cheese
Kibbeh naya – green wheat, raw lamb, turmeric yogurt, chips, romaine
Fava beans – hominy, raised pork shoulder, oregano, sumac
When you find yourself with a few hours to kill in Seattle, always spend it at Walrus & the Carpenter, with a drink at Barnacle while waiting. I love this place so so much.
Walrus and the Carpenter
oysters (of course)
baby bibb lettuces, radish, english peas, lemon yoghurt, poppy seed
steak tartare, egg yolk, rye toast