Monday, January 3, 2011
Food Hall @ The Plaza
I seem to find myself at the Plaza hotel quite a bit lately, lol. This time, Ryan and I returned to check out Todd English's new venture, the Food Hall. Based on the food halls of Harrods and other European Capitals, this space is more restaurant than lunch counter- but as a theme, it's super fun. First come, first served seats at a variety of counters- including a raw bar, wine bar, sushi table, and grill, offer diners a fun view of the chef's at work. We ended up sitting in the middle of it all, at a communal table. The menu is quite large, and we really wanted a little of everything- artisanal flat breads, pastas, tapas, and more. We finally settled on two menu items and a special. We shared a black truffle, taleggio cheese, and sweet onion flatbread which was outrageously good. My love- our love- of truffles has appeared on this blog before, and the flatbread did not disappoint- thinly shaved slices of truffle melted on top of the cheese and onions- sweet and savory and aromatic. Perfect to share (And fairly priced at $30).
Next up, Ryan ordered the prime rib sliders- which was a large plate, the sliders were not so much bite sized but really decent sized sandwiches- and a plate of three- topped off with a delicious pickle. Ry saved one for a snack later and was quite happy.
I ordered the goat cheese ravioli- served with arugula, roasted red beets, and topped with a little lemon- the arugula and beets were awesome, peppery and sugary and tart, and the ravioli creamy and rich- making for a super well-rounded dish.
Ryan tried a glass of Bordeaux- a 2004 that was really nice.
We enjoyed the atmosphere, we loved the food, and my only regret was being too full for dessert. The couple sitting next to us had "wandered in by chance" and I could only wish to be so lucky for lunch!!
Of final note, a daily happy hour from 5-7 offers several glasses of wine at reduced price as well as a few plates, which seems like a great way to round out an afternoon of shopping or a stop by after the park once the weather gets warm!!