Capital Grille

 www.thecapitalgrille.com

Capital Grille has always been one of my favorite spots for a corporate dinner. It is actually a surprise that I have never gotten around to writing a review on a previous visit. I guess it does not really matter as this visit to Capital Grille was quite unique. Keep in mind this review is based on the NYC Financial District location.

It has been a while since I last dined at Capital Grille, about 3+ years, so things have changed, ever so slightly. The one change that hit me off the bat, was that the menu had calorie counts for each dish. The good.. I can attempt to eat healthy! The bad.. I see that Delmonico Steak with 12 Year Balsamic vinegar has over 1000 calories. More bad.. the lobster mac and cheese has over 1500 calories. Clearly healthy is not going to work here, so let’s throw that idea out the door and have some fun.

Like it was even a question, this meal started off with the Grand Plateau, a seafood tower consisting of Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters, Lobster and Crab Legs. What makes this tower exceptional is that the shrimps are peeled, lobster tails cut with the meat ready to eat, and the crab legs have been drained of all water so you can avoid the splatter when cracking them open. The Grand Plateau was not on the menu, we had to specifically ask for it.

Before I get to the entrees, I will mention the sides. We got the lobster mac and cheese, what, did you think that 1500 calories would stop us? Adding to that we had the truffle fries, creamed spinach and asparagus. Hey I wanted something healthy, but mind you it came with hollandaise sauce.

On to the steaks we go. Looking through the menu, I was having a tough time deciding on which steak I wanted. It came down to the dry aged sirloin and the dry aged steak au poivre. Based on the waiter’s suggestion I sided with the dry aged steak au poivre, medium rare. The steak was pepper crusted. Unfortunately when the steak came out, it was medium well. Normally, I am not one to send back food, but I was having a difficult time eating the steak, so I had no choice but to send the steak back. The staff was extremely friendly about it, they even brought out a hot order of creamed spinach with my steak. The second time it was perfect, but I had loaded up on the lobster mac and cheese while waiting so I could only get through ½ the steak. To end off the meal I ordered my favorite dessert the crème brule.

Capital Grille continues to be a go to spot of mine. Even with the slight blip with the steak, the staff made it into a non issue. I purposely mention this because I have been to steak houses where the waiter claims “that is how we cook our steaks.” This place certainly caters to the customer and cares about you walking out happy.

OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria NYC

One Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.995.9559
http://www.ottopizzeria.com

It is always exciting when you go to a celebrity chef’s restaurant, possibly even more exciting when it is an Iron Chef. This trip to Mario Batali’s OTTO was no exception. Located in the West Village close to NYU, one would expect OTTO to be a tiny and tight. It is quiet the opposite. When you walk in you enter in to a spacious bar area. Once you pass the bar area you enter a very large dining area.

Dining with a friend who has become quite the foodie, the decision was made to share a pizza and a pasta dish. For the pasta dish we went with the Tacozzette Con Stracotto, which is a pork shoulder with a tomato basil sauce. As for the Pizza, we opted a special Truffle (black), Guanciale and Egg pizza.

Now we ordered the pizza and read egg, but did not realize that it would arrive with a full fried egg in the middle of the pizza. This was something new and very interesting. The smell and flavor of the truffle was well apparent. I really enjoyed the pizza, but I was glad I split it with someone, as I doubt I would have been able to eat all of it. The pasta in my opinion is the best pasta I have ever eaten, albeit I have never been to another Batali restaurant. Of course as you would expect, it was fresh pasta cooked al dente that was perfectly mixed it the sauce. I can tell you if I make it back to Otto, I will make sure to order this pasta dish again.

To finish off our meal, we also got the gelato sampler, which offers a scoop of 3 different flavors. There were many to choose from, but we settled on Guiness, Hazelnut and Creme Fraiche.  I have to say that Hazelnut was the best of the 3 flavors. Great end to an amazing meal. OTTO is a place you have to check out, and what makes things even better is that it is very affordable.

NYC Restaurant Week Winter Edition 2011

One of my favorite events is upon us once again. Restaurant Week! As seen in the past this normally lasts more then a week, sometimes going as long as a couple of months.

Check the nycgo.com website for all the details.

Some restaurants I have visited in the past:

Personally, I have already setup lunch at Les Halle with the office folks.

Enjoy and let us know where you go and your reviews.

Happy New Year.. time to make some Resolutions

Happy New Years all! This post will be short and simple. Over the past two years, a lot has happened, most notably, I became lazy. On both NYC Recession and Reality Impaired, I slacked off and the sites went no where. I then decided to rename everything and start Eat Travel Save. This all made sense, but I was still lazy about posting.

For 2011, I plan to change this, as my resolution is to post and find content for the site on a regular basis. Look forward to great things on the site, and thanks for visiting.