Happy Monday blog readers!
I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! Mark and I took the opportunity to do a whole lot of nothing- just what we both needed 😉 The weekend prior, we spent the night in Manhattan for dinner and a show. We both LOVE to eat and one of the things we often do together is go out for dinner. This dinner was special for both of us as it was our first dining experience at a Michelin Star restaurant.
For those who may not know what a Michelin Star is, they are a distinction of honor awarded to restaurants with exceptional quality food by the Michelin Guides. Restaurants can be awarded up to 3 stars, representing the highest quality cooking. Restaurants can also lose their stars. I didn’t know about this honor until I started watching the Emmy-nominated Netflix docuseries, Chef’s Table– which by the way I HIGHLY recommend. It is so so so well done. Mark and I would love to be able to go to every Michelin star restaurant in NYC- there are currently 72. So, in honor of our first meal at a Michelin Star restaurant, here are my impressions of Bâtard Tribeca:
| Location |
Located on West Broadway- which is perpendicular to the most precious side street in Tribeca, White Street- you get a sense for the cool Tribeca vibe. It’s lined with sweet boutiques, coffee shops, and now-residential historic industrial buildings.
| Atmosphere |
Dimly lit and romantic with minimalist decor- it’s the perfect date night spot. Although, it would be more than appropriate for dinner with a group of friends or a girl’s night. Unlike many other fine dining restaurants, Bâtard is a bit more casual- you won’t see the typical white table cloths. Instead, dark table tops and chairs allow the impeccably plated dishes to take center stage. The walls are adorned with subtle sculpted tree branch patterns in a soft beige, drawing your attention up. Two crystal chandeliers add some bling and soft light to the space. Although Mark and I did not experience this, other reviewers have commented on the heightened noise level during peak times. AKA, diners at Bâtard like to drink wine and have a good time. No complaints there!
| Beverages |
The cocktails are on par with standard NYC prices and they are so worth it- I got the Bramble, which has gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and crème de mûre- a blackberry liqueur. It was refreshing and delicious- served in a unique glass with a copper straw and garnished with a blackberry. The copper straw was ice cold and made the drink that much more refreshing. Mark ordered the Sazerac, which has bache-gabrielsen cognac, st. george absinthe, peychaud bitters. He enjoyed it! We ordered a delicious bottle of red Burgundy to go with dinner- if you have any wine-pairing questions or need a recommendation, the Sommelier is a great resource.
| Food |
The price-fixed menu changes periodically, so check in frequently. You have the option to order 2 courses for $59, 3 for $79, or 4 for $89.
Madai Crudo, Garganelli, Niman Ranch Dry-Aged Strip Loin, and assorted sorbets for dessert. Madai is a fish imported from the Pacific, typically Japan. It has a nice texture and mild, sweet flavor. It was served raw in a vinaigrette/broth with cucumber, chile, and citrus. This ended up being my favorite dish of the night. The Garganelli pasta was the perfect al dente- it was topped with lamb shank ragu and cubed butternut squash. For salt and crunch, sprinkled on top were almonds crisp lamb bacon. Although I ordered it, I think this was Mark’s favorite dish of the night. I ordered my steak cooked medium and it was perfect- a pink center and crispy, perfectly charred crust. It was juicy and packed with flavor, and paired perfectly with the sweet potato puree, bone barrow, and small serving of kale. I practically licked my plate clean. The sorbets were creamy and delicious, without being too filling. They were sprinkled with what I believe to be cocao nibs.
Octopus “Pastrami”, Seared Foie Gras, Duck Breast, and the Valrhona Chocolate for dessert. The Octopus pastrami is quite an interesting concept- it’s essentially a “loaf” of naturally congealed octopus with pastrami spices. The ham hock gave it a hint of salt, and the new potatoes and pommery mustard (whole grain) paired perfectly with the dish. I was being brave to try this one since I am not a huge fan of Octopus, let alone octopus loaf, but to my surprise- I loved it. I only had a very small taste of the foie since I am not a big fan at all. However, it was pretty darn delicious. Still not something I would order myself at a restaurant but Mark loves it and he couldn’t say enough about how delicious it was here. I can’t comment on the Duck Breast since I did not try it but the dessert was fantastic! It was the perfect balance of smooth, crunchy, creamy, hot, and cold. Who doesn’t love chocolate?
| Service |
The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. While there, we saw both the head chef and the restaurant owner. The wait staff were knowledgeable and friendly, offering more bread on multiple occasions (its hard to say no- trust me). First courses were served quickly but each remaining course was spread out and strategically timed.
| Things to mention |
Reservations accepted. Jeans are acceptable.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and consider dining at Bâtard next time you are in Manhattan. What are your favorite restaurants? I hope you all have a beautiful week! xx