Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Restaurant Week is here!! One of my favorite times of year.  A lot of restaurants offer discounted 3 course pre-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner.  I like to think of it as a little taste of different types of heaven.

This week has already been incredibly long and it’s only Tuesday.  Mr. G and I made reservations at Dovetail over a week ago, so we decided we’d go even though it’ll ultimately result in staying up extremely late to finish up work.

Dovetail is tucked away on 77th street near Columbus Avenue.  I’ve walked by there many times but never noticed the restaurant.  The décor is very simple and not at all memorable.  There is an exposed brick area in the middle that was likely part of the original structure of the space, but even that is unremarkable.

There are many people in black suits swarming the restaurants and at first I thought perhaps the secret service was there, but turns out that’s the attire for the waiters.  Eventually our server came over and took our order.

As with most of these fancy restaurants, we received an amuse.

Look at those spoons, def fancy!  On the spoon is watermelon covered in a coconut Thai basil pesto.  The coconut was more like foam than ice cream.  It was the perfect start. 

The cheddar cheese cornbread was incredible!   I’m not a big fan of cheese but I could barely taste it. It was just a hint of cheese that went really well with the corn bread, which was served warm and that made it even better.

Next up our Potato Gnocchi appetizer.  It was covered with corn, peppers and parmesan cheese.  The sauce created a light foam over the gnocchi.  The peppers and corn was definitely cooked in the sauce and everything blended quite well together.  The gnocchi was perfect! Light and creamy yet filling.

After that appetizer, I was really looking forward to my entrée of Hake in tomato stew with gigante beans and haricot verts.

Simply amazing.  The presentation was great.  The fish was light and flaky and the tomato stew was well seasoned and really quite perfect.  The dish was also boosted by the presence of shrimp J

Mr. G ordered the Chicken.  It looked okay and I guess it tasted alright, but it really didn’t compare to the Hake.

For dessert I ordered Chocolate Mousse with cherries and pistachio cremeux and Mr. G ordered Blueberry Crumble Cake.

The desserts were fabulous.  Rich and creamy and small enough portions that even if you finish it you won’t feel as though you’ve over eaten.

Aside from the rather drole décor, I was extremely pleased with Dovetail.  The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.  I definitely recommend Dovetail.  Although with the prices, I think you should reserve it for restaurant week and special occasions.

Hungry yet?

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