Sunday, January 2, 2011

New York- Mark Forgione (reposted from beauty blog)

If you watch Food Network's The Next Iron Chef you will know this chef and this restaurant! Marc Forgione was the winner of The Next Iron Chef this season! Throughout the whole show everything thing he cooked looked so good (he didn't look too bad himself ;)! I was planing on going to NY and was SO excited when I remembered his restaurant was there! 

We had reservations for 10:15. We arrived on time at Restaurant Marc Forgione and they still had people at our table. We went to the bar to grab a drink while we waited.

His- Red Wine
Hers- Sparkling Wine

After we got our drinks we were escorted to our table. After our server shared some of the specials of the night we looked through the menu full of yummy food! We decided to partake in the "tasting menu". Words or pictures can't describe how good everything was, but I'll try anyways! To be honest, I wish I took notes on what I was eating! 

Left- A bite of a potato in the best cream sauce ever. It tasted like a baked potato but BETTER.
Middle- Butternut squash soup. I didn't think I would like it, but the flavor was so sweet and great!
Right- Celery root puree. WOW! I've never had celery root before but I am definitely a fan now!
Very buttered bread with extra caramelized onion butter.

Left- A palate cleanser. It was some sort of herb you rolled on your tongue that made it tingly.
Middle- Avocado mousse and hiramasa, a preview of the next dish.
Right- The BEST potato chip I've had in my life!

Hiramasa tartar. DELICIOUS. It also cleared my sinuses with the wasabi flavor!

Raw scallops with some sort of oil/lemon sauce. 

Raw oyster with BBQ, cheeses, porchetta powder, lime, and a shot of beer. HEAVEN.

The pasta dish. Stuffed pasta with assorted mushrooms (black truffles included), pouched egg, and the best chicken broth. I could not get enough of this!!

Baby halibut, cauliflower puree (my favorite part, it was just soo goood), with a roasted hazelnut and capers sauce. The bones and tail are deep fried which made them edible! The tail had a very smokey flavor but the bones were a little too boney for me (literally!).

Duck with an amazing emulsion of some sort, brussel sprouts, and sweet potato. I'm not a duck fan but this was so good! It tasted like a prime rib!

Aged potato, ribeye, mushrooms, kale, and ginger ketchup. Ginger ketchup should be sold in store nationwide, just saying.

Apple cider sorbet. A nice little light treat before the REAL DESSERTS!

 Peanut butter cake with marshmallow whipped cream and ice cream. By this time I could barely eat anymore but I had to have a bite of everything!

Hot chocolate ice cream sundae with a churro like bite. GENIUS. Hot chocolate on top an ice sundae?! Pure genius I say.

After our meal (actually I think meal is an under statement!) the chef himself, Marc Forgione, came to greet us! He was so nice and just so awesome! We all chatted a bit and asked him about life after The Next Iron Chef and then we got a picture!

Matt, Marc Forgione, Me
Around 1:10 am we left the restaurant full and satisfied! It was a very awesome experience and I can not wait to go back to New York just to go there again!