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Location: Clement - 500 5th Ave/Bills Food & Drink - 57 E 54th/ Armani Ristorante - 717 5th Ave 3rd Floor
For my first time, I headed to midtown to try three of their finest restaurants over the span of three days. Typically I dine downtown, but after hearing raved reviews about these restaurants, I couldn’t pass up tasting what everyone was talking out and have a little midtown romance.
Upon arrival at Clement, I was instantly warmly greeted by their hostess to take my coat and then seat my guest and me. My table was placed in the first section of the restaurant with a beautiful view outside their arched window looking onto 5th ave. Without waiting more than a few minutes, I was greeted by my waiter of the night. He then informed me of their specially prepared menu that had 7 courses including dessert and a special wine to be paired to compliment each course. The first was a Mushroom Tea, a light start with a warm sip to wash down tempura while being complimented with Deutz Brut. Second course was Fluke from fresh from Long Island and paired with Henri Billiot Brut Rose, extremely fresh and that is coming from someone who typically doesn’t enjoy seafood (my opinion has since changed). Third was Taste of Fall with woodlands ham, seasonal offerings, and hazelnut vinaigrette then washed down with Riesling ‘Vom Schloss’. If you haven’t had hazelnut vinaigrette, your taste buds are missing out! Remember how I said I didn’t like seafood, well for the fourth course there was Scallop Degustation with Sauvignon Blanc and the fifth was Black Sea Bass and Cru ‘Clos des Myglands’. Together these were the real kicker to change my change of mind, when done properly I am a believer of seafood. For my main course I was served Beef Tenderloin with Chianti Classico Riverva, and by this point my pants were already needing to be loosened, but not without dessert could I be done. The final course was a Trio of Desserts; roasted pear, salted caramel, and chocolate banana paired with Vientos Alcyone. 7 courses later I almost needed to be rolled out, and well my table looked like I was a wine connoisseur. To close off an amazing night of delicious food in this new midtown restaurant I was greeted by the chef to make sure each tasting was to my delight, and believe me it was surpassed! Don’t miss your chance at Clement within The Peninsula.
Bills Food & Drink:
Bill’s is originally a speakeasy dating back to 1924 that is now a cozy restaurant with a live pianist on the ground floor; a second level for dining; and a library attic for private dining and events or whatever your secretive heart desires. After being greeted by the manager upon arrival and escorted to what I thought was the finest table in the house with in one direction a window looking out upon midtown and then in the other over into the entire dining area. The host then greeted me with water and asked me if I’d like to have their wine expert help me choose a wine, which of course I could not pass up. My choice of the night was Lola, a sweet white wine from the vineyards in north California. A choice that eloquently compliment each of my courses which ranged from starter of fries (never enough fries) and caesar salad, a bolognese for mid course, and then the softest cut pork chop I’ve had without a bone and my guest got scallops that tasted like it had never been in the ocean. Though dinner isn’t complete without dessert in which I ordered another round of fries and a caramel crumble with a side of vanilla ice-cream and an american to wash it all down or mix together if you want to get adventurous like I did. Without failure, I was stuffed like a turkey and was delighted to visit a New York historic site that I will look forward to coming back with others don’t know of this midtown gem.
Armani Ristorante sits above the Armani store on 5th ave and has some of the most beautiful blue lights surrounding the windows and if you’re lucky to visit during the holiday season as I did; you’ll aslo get to see the shinning star above 5th ave. After being seated by the manager and being wished a lovely dinner, my waiter informed me of a special menu pre curated for me to taste the best their restaurant has to offer. This started with trying Pinto Nero, a special wine that derives from grapes used for red wine but is a white wine that I would like to think is a rose color and well delicious! First course was Vitello Tonnato which consisted of Thinly-Sliced Roast Veal Loin with Velvety Tuna-Caper Sauce, White Grapes and Pantelleria Island Capers. I’m someone that doesn’t enjoy veal often, so this antipasta was a delicious start to an highly anticipated dinner. For my prima piatti, they brought me tagliolini verdi wich consisted of Homemade Spinach Tagliolini, Langoustine, Mixed Wild Mushrooms and Black Truffle. A dish that I could’ve had as my main course it was so well done (considering I am an avid pasta lover!). The secondi piatt was a costeletta d’angello scottadito wich pretty much means, Grilled Lamb Chop Marinated with Juniper Berries and Crispy Polenta. This course had my taste buds going wild with the flavor that was I was delighted with. From the perfectly cooked lamb to the proper season and then nailed in with the savory juices. Though I wasn’t done until I had l dolci of il tiramisu, panna cotta al fiore di latte, and selezione. Three desserts that couldn’t have been better picked if I had done it myself! The closing touch was their Limoncello, a wine that is meant to be drank after dinner to help wash down your meal and help create room for the next morning. A true delight to try so many dishes for my first time and close my midtown romance with a real bang!
1, 2, 3 restaurants in three days and two pant sizes later (just kidding… sorta). I have seen, tasted, and am now a true believer in the romance that midtown has. Anyone that is afraid to venture out of downtown like I once did, take my word and get out of your neighborhood for a date night and try dinning in midtown at one of these restaurants above. You won’t be disappointed.