Friday, May 21, 2010

The Harvard Club of New York

I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from one of the partners to attend a business lunch he scheduled with a potential collaborator.  I was a little nervous because I have never really spoken to this partner except for a few hellos.  He's only been at the firm 3 months.  But I was happy for the opportunity to dine with him.

Like the good eater I am, the first thing I did was run to the HCNY website and look for the menu.  Unlucky for me, I didn't attend Harvard and am not a member of the Club so, I couldn't take a peek at the menu.  Eep! I just went back to the website as I was writing this blog and ta-da! There's a pdf to the menu! As you can see, there's a TON of seafood on the menu.

This was my second time dining at the Club, but for those who have never been, aside from your drink orders, the waiters don't ask you what you want to eat.  Instead, you receive a piece of paper where you write down what you want to eat and then they come collect it.  I'm not sure the rationale behind that, but I do like the idea of not having someone hover over you.

Anyway, before we ordered, the waiter brought out a nice assorted bread basket. I selected a piece of cornbread.  It was moist and soft.  One of my dining companions passed the butter, but this cornbread didn't need anything.

Finally, we ordered and I gotta tell you I had a bad case of food envy.  While I was extremely happy with my Baked Maryland Crab Cakes, Cajun Remoulade, Cole Slaw and French Fries, I couldn't help but eye the Soft Shell Crab sandwich and the Grilled Salmon on a bed of potatoes and carrots.  The crab cakes were fantastic.  I mean it wasn't maryland, but it was damn close.  Real big chunks of crab and not a lot of filler.  The cajun remoulade was pretty good too. I usually stay away from the creamy stuff, but this was really good.  French fries also hit the spot. I cleaned my plate.

Then came the dessert menus. I was so stuffed that I couldn't really order anything.  I would have loved the Creme Brulee, but alas Peppermint Tea was all I had.  Excellent conversation even better food.

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