Monday, February 28, 2005

Thanks, Matt!

As I said, thank you, Matt, for recommending Kitchen 82. My wife and I went to have dinner there last night. We enjoyed it thoroughly. For those who do not know what I am talking about, Kitchen 82 is one of chain of classy restaurants by chef Charlie Palmer, and is one of the two eateries in this chain offering a Prix Fixe dinner for $25, with a first course, an entree and a dessert sampler. There are not too many choices, understandably, but whatever they have, it's delicious. The joint is on Columbus at 82nd street.

Friends, Romans and Countrymen, give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

In an atmosphere of subdued lighting that is easy on the eye, our coats were taken, and we plonked ourselves in cozy seats. The maƮtre d' and other attendants were friendly and gave us enough time to adjust ourselves. After the customary bread (served with a strange but tasty chutney), we started off with shrimp salad and duck confit. Both were very good. For the main course, we decided upon seared salmon and roasted chicken, which were presented in huge dishes. For the roast chicken, which was served cut up in slices, my wife got regular cutlery, but for my salmon, I got a wicked-looking knife that was the second cousin once removed to a meat cleaver! Armed thus, we fell to.

The salmon was unreal. The roasted chicken... um, it was a bit fibrous, not very soft. [Folks, you should try sometime the chicken dishes prepared in the Lubin dining hall, yes, our very own Lubin in the Mazer building. They usually are finger-licking good... But I digress]. I did not realize that such small looking portions could actually make me so full. So when the dessert sampler came, I had to kind of shake myself to make room for more, and it was worth it. The strawberry shortcake, the chocolate mousse and the whatchamacallit thingummy were all sw-e-e-e-e-t and delicious. Well-sated, we stepped out to run home for the Oscar telecast.

Finding parking in the upper West side on a Sunday evening was a real pain, though. I was refused by no less than two Icon parking facilities on account of no further space. Finally, I parked on street near a parking meter; only 10 minutes for a quarter is such a robbery, and don't even let me get started on finding bally quarters for putting in those silly meters! Anyway, after putting in a dollar and a half, I realized that I needn't have - since it was after seven.

Thanks again, Matt. I hope you keep recommending such good places of gastronomical delight...

Yo, y'all. Okay now. See you later, and take care. Peace.


Blogger qbrad said...

I have definitely had chicken in LUbin that has been dryer than sand. But I digress... I may just have to sample the warez at this festivious place. Thanks for the "sugestion"

Mon Feb 28, 12:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well as the aforementioned "matt" I will say that I am extremely delighted that my suggestion was enjoyed so throughly. I have been many times and, since they change their menu relatively frequently (more than just seasonal changes), I have eaten many of Kitchen 82's scrumptious deliciousnesses (sp?). There has not been one meal that I did not enjoy completely. One suggestion, make a decision when you sit down, either devour some of the great bread they serve as you sit down, or save room for their delicious dessert sampler. For some that is an easy choice, but sometimes I find their bread with the dip du jour to be quite amazingly delicious. Tha being said, I just love chocolate, but I can't eat it because then I'll get fat. But its sooooooooooooo good.

Mon Feb 28, 01:05:00 PM EST  

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