We went to "the" supper club in NYC last night....the supposed "French Laundry of supper clubs".
It was all that's cracked up to be. There is a big difference between going to Per-Se or Jean-Georges....and then going to a supper club, and dining with people who all LOVE food. Great experience.
The food was really....really good. surprisingly really refined, for a chef with no formal training. (i'm willing to bet he is a member and reader of cheftalk too :eek:) I'll go out on a limb and say it was much much better than many a 3 and 4 star restaurants I've been to. The venue was better than most restaurants I've been in as well, ~25 people, 4-5 tables (we sat at a table of 7...us...another couple, cousins, and a single guy)
a 3 person wait staff. if you didn't see the chef in the kitchen (which was in the center of the room) and notice you were sitting on banquet folding chairs, you would absolutely think you were at a 4...ok maybe 3 star restaurant. The tables, white table clothes, nice dinnerware, etc. the crowd...a mix of all types, with one thing in common, everyone loves food.
I have the menu, I will post later. This guy (and girl) do it right. One of the best dining experiences. I didn't get that feeling that it was an "illegal" restaurant, you just don't get that feeling thats what its trying to be, you get the feeling that it's just a private event for dare i say the word...."foodies".
P.S. The amuse was apple rhutabega soup with a Foie Gras "cookie"...that was awesome. I didn't care for the truffled egg too much, but others liked it. The dessert pairing was a little off, but at that point my BA level was high....:) The dessert was great. (and when the chef comes around with a tub of extra ice cream and a scooper, it's always a plus...i don't see THAT happening at Le Bernadin...)