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Beacon and La Goulue
Last week, I had two very enjoyable "Restaurant Week" lunches with my haute-cuisine partner at Beacon and La Goulue...
The plank-wood roasted oysters at Beacon are worth a return trip! Sorry to report that the peach melba at La Goulue was sub-par because it was Libby's canned peaches, mon dieu! But I loved their grilled squid on a bed of fresh green salad as a starter and the pan-seared striped bass. A glass of the house-white cost $13. Mon dieu! At Beacon, two glasses of a muscadet and a red cost $6!
Lunch at La Goulue was very fabuloso with all the beautiful people... I started with a plate of grilled calamari (squid) on a bed of green salad. Very well prepared with the correct squid texture and a fine salad dressing. Next was a plate of pan-seared striped bass on a bed on potatoes and a orange-squash sauce. Very well prepared dish with very fresh fish, moist and not over-seared. Finally a peach melba ... canned peaches, mon dieu!!! I thought I was eating at Howard Johnson's somewhere in the Deep South ... a glass of house white cost $13 ... not going back ... I think that Jean-George's Jojo or Nougatine is much better for their food and desserts...
Over the conversation with my haute-cuisine lunch partner, I suddenly realised that these happy times will be over next year. My lunch partner will be retiring from his professional job! We will celebrate this joyous occasion on his last train ride back to Westport with a party-ceremony to burn his final monthly Metro-North card!!! The Age of Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine, Let the Sun Shine... Living well is the best revenge...
Upcoming free events ... at Lincoln Center
Dee Dee Bridgewater ... August 28, 2005, 8 pm ... Viva la diva! Une soiree des chansons Jazz ... she is a great performer ... I am looking forward to hearing her sing ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, Lincoln Center ... (discography)
Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater ... August 29, 2005, 8 pm ... dazzling dancing and drumming, acrobats ... Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd and Amsterdam, ... and August 30, 2005, 10:30 am ... Josie Robertson Plaza
These performances are part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2005 ... running through September 4th ...
More fun things for summer visitors to enjoy - with a three-course lunch for $20.12
"Summer Restaurant Week" isn't over yet ... extended through Labor Day, some of New York's finest restaurants will continue to offer three-course lunches for just $20.12 (beverages, tax and tip are extra).
On the Upper East Side, before or after visiting the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy the fine French cuisine at Cafe Boulud, 20 East 76th Street, 212-772-2600 or at Dumonet at The Carlyle, 35 East 76th Street, 212-570-7192 ... classic French and delicious
On the Upper West Side, a visit to the New York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History must be combined with a lunch at Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67 Street, 212-877-3500 ... Austrian-Hungarian and very cozy ...
On Columbus Circle, visit and shop at our own "Las Vegas" mall ... the new Time-Warner Center ... and lunch at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, 212-805-8881 ... a very spectacular view of Central Park from the 35th floor!
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