Restaurant Review – The Mark Restaurant – NYC
The Mark Restaurant
by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Mark Hotel, located on East 77th street and Madison Avenue in New York, is completely unassuming from the outside. Once you go through the stone front building and into the hotel lobby though, the décor just blows you away! Contemporary black and white stripes cover the walls, the fresh fragrance wafting down from the salon upstairs is breathtaking and the dining room beyond is inviting, busy and well lit.
A mix of clientele dine here giving it an eclectic atmosphere: there were ladies lunching; business people and us en famille, so we didn’t feel at all out of place. The service was also perfect.
Upon reading the menu I was in shock. I’m vegetarian and used to having three, maybe four options (if I’m lucky) to choose from, but this menu had so much choice for me with none of the usual risotto/pasta/mushroom laden with garlic dishes I’m usually faced with. I also loved that they had a summer menu alongside the lunch menu, it meant everything was so in season and you felt what you were eating was ‘just picked’.
My daughter had mashed potatoes which she proclaimed were ‘as good as the Wolseley’(!) with steamed broccoli and asparagus (they don’t do gravy). The husband had a giant cheeseburger (when in Rome…) with fries, which he said was very good. For starters, I opted for the ‘warm beets goat cheese fondue walnuts, grapes and endive’ that was beyond delicious and a decent size – after scoffing the bread whilst waiting I would have been happy to finish my lunch with this course. I followed this with a sweet pea soup croutons and parmesan – the colour was incredible and the flavours woke up my taste buds – it really was heavenly.For dessert we shared a Crème Brulee and mini eclairs that were light and just the right size, we didn’t want anything too heavy as the Guggenheim was calling…
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