Wednesday, April 9, 2014

$28 Prix Fixe Lunch at Perry Street

I'm such a big fan of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants (in order of favorites-- Jean Georges, Perry St, ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen, Mercer Kitchen). They're innovative, beautifully decorated, and most importantly, delicious. Even better is the fact that many of these restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch deals (even on weekends) that are quite a steal.

During the most recent NYC Restaurant Week, the restaurants I cared most about visiting on the list were Il Mulino and Perry St. Both of which I'd been to before, and absolutely loved. The problem with Il Mulino was that they were only offering the restaurant week menu for weekday lunch. Since shooting back and forth between Times Square and the West Village didn't seem practical, I had to cross that off the list. Perry St had both lunch and dinner options, but after reading through the menu, there wasn't really anything on the restaurant week menu that stood out as particularly appealing. I decided to cancel our dinner ($38 per person) reservation and we visited for their regular prix fixe lunch ($28 per person) on a Saturday instead. Surprisingly, it looks like the prix fixe price has come down from a few years ago.

The entrance faces the west side highway, and although watching cars zoom by isn't that interesting, the inside of the restaurant is bright and peaceful.

There are round table booth options as well as long tables. 

Homemade sodas, $5 each: Hisbiscus on the left, and ginger-lime on the right.
Neither of us were in the mood for alcohol, but do know that for lunch there is a $20/bottle or $6/glass wine special. It's not written on the menu, but ask for it.
Jean-Georges is known for these amazing homemade sodas. They are incredibly flavorful while not overly sweet. These drinks even manage to taste fresh even though they are sodas... 

Perry St. Steak Tartare with crispy quail egg, parmesan cheese and basil
This beef tartare is definitely on par with the one I had in Barcelona at Restaurant 7 Portes. So very delicious, and even more so with the quail egg mixed in, and the spice from the red chili. 

Perry St. Fried Chicken with brussel sprouts and scotch bonnet sauce
The only reason I did not order the famously good fried chicken at Perry St was because we had just returned from Nashville, where I left feeling fried chickened out from Hattie B's. That did not stop me however, from taking a bite of this one. Of course not. It was as delicious as I remembered, and this time I was happy to find that the scotch sauce wasn't as spicy as when I had it on my last visit. The breading of the fried chicken was superb. The texture was very light and tempura-like.

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Burger with bonita mayonnaise, shiso, yuzu pickles
My "healthy" entree choice. My mom ordered this when I brought her to Perry St, and she had commented on how terrific it was. I loved how tender the tuna was. I find that raw tuna often tastes quite bland, but this one was perfectly seared and tasty.

Seasonal dessert: Pastry-less apple tart with green apple sorbet and pound cake
Magical. So magical. It turns out, an apple tart can still taste good without the thick pastry to balance out the sweet fruit toppings. The sorbet was a beautiful complement to the dessert, and the pound cake was moist and not overly sweet. I would order this again and again, but unfortunately it's not on the current menu.

Chocolate molten lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream
Of course chocolate is a must. This cake is always so decadent and comforting. A wonderful way to end a perfect meal.

176 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 352-1900

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