Modern Dining - A review

Friday, October 26th, 2007 | click here to comment

Last night I had the pleasure of dining at The Modern in midtown. I've been wanting to check it out for some time and finally decided that it would be the perfect venue to celebrate my un-birthday. Most people go out to dinner on their birthdays, but this year I didn't and decided instead to celebrate an un-birthday a month after my actual birthday. At any rate, The Modern just received a Michelin star recently, which made it all the more tempting.

We walked in and our table wasn't ready, so we passed some time at the bar. I ordered a Henley on Hudson, but found it sickeningly sweet to the point that I couldn't drink it. Luckily the bartender saw my concerned look and replaced the cocktail with a Cucumber Caipiroska, which is a fantastic combination of cucumbers, lime and vodka. It's become my drink of the moment and I have to figure out how to duplicate it at home.

After waiting for 20 minutes we were finally seated at a spacious (and romantic) booth with 3 red leather pillows. We started off our dinner with a palate cleanser/amuse bouche which consisted of two mini arugula quiche's, two rice paper purses filled with kiwi and two piece of melon balled pineapple. Everything was quite tasty, although I can't attest to the quiche because I'm gluten free. We received a second amuse bouche after that which consisted of smoked grouper, with a cream I cannot remember and some toasted fava beans. The fava beans were my favorite. The smoked grouper was good, but I'm not a fan of smoked fish.

For dinner I had the Heirloom Tomato Terrine (pictured below) as an appetizer and the Chorizo-Crusted Cod for an entree. The Heirloom Tomato Terrine was served with a tomato sorbet, basil micro greens and a piece of dried tomato. I love tomatoes, and this was a very tasty way to start off the meal. The basil micro greens really shone through, which I absolutely loved. The cod was also quite delicious, I was unsure if I liked after the first few bites, but once the flavors started mingling on my tongue I thought it was a really successful dish which balanced the tangy flavors of the pureed coco beans with the smoky chorizo. I enjoyed it so much I forgot to take a photo! My husband chose the Beet root Risotto topped with gold leaf and diver scallops (pictured top) for his appetizer and the Potato Crusted Monk fish for an entree. I found the risotto really tasty, although a bit on the salty side (in a good way for me, not so good for him). I had a small sampling of the monk fish, which I've never eaten before, and found it to be tasty but strange in texture, although I think that is attributed more to the fish than a fault in cooking.

After our en tree's we were both pleasantly full, but of course still had room for dessert. I chose the Pomegranate Gelee with White Chocolate Cremeux, Lime Marshmallow and Mango Sorbet and the boy had the Pistachio Parfait with Passion fruit Ravioli, Coconut Tapioca and 10 Flavor Sorbet. The desserts stole the show for both of us. My dessert was colorful, sweet & tangy, and fun to eat. The cremeux was sublime and I would have eaten more of it if I wasn't lactose intolerant. After dessert we were both completely full, but of course the dinner concluded with petit fours and chocolates. The petits fours were yummy as well and there were even a few gluten free almond flour cookies, which I loved. The chocolates were amazing, but at that point I wanted nothing more but a warm bed and sleep.

Overall I really enjoyed the experience at The Modern. I honestly feel that they deserve their Michelin star and I hope they continue to keep the quality high and experiment with flavors and menu's. Oh and if anyone knows the recipe for the Cucumber Caipiroska please tell me!



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