Ryan decided it was time to do some damage at his favorite store Charles Tyrwhitt (located in Manhattan) so we made plans to meet up afterwards and finally got back to our weekly dinners in the city (put on hold due to someone’s* extended Friday work schedule).
*Cheers for it not being mine!
Looking for a place close to my work, Grand Central, and Charles Tyrwhitt, we ended up choosing Oceana, a seafood restaurant in a beautiful space near Rockefeller Center.
They started us off with a Mushroom Soup Amuse Bouche, which wasn’t quite as seasoned as I would have liked, but I always get excited by Amuse Bouches so…
I opted for the Hiramasa Crudo as my appetizer. This was definitely the best part of my meal. The fish was fresh and it was seasoned perfectly. It also got me thinking. I usually love appetizers but am not a huge dessert fan. So my ideal meal would be to eat apps – entree – apps. I really need to respond to a waiter’s question of “Do you want to see a dessert menu?” with “No thank you, I would like to see the appetizer menu again.” Clearly I need to be more ballsy as this plan would make me much happier.
Next it was on to the main meal. Recently I’ve tried to get into the habit of ordering what the restaurant specializes in. So, if I’m at a fish restaurant, I order fish. Ingenious concept… I know.
So I went with the Tapioca Crusted Halibut. Best part about this place – they had a list of sauces on their menu and you could pick a sauce to go with your entree. I love sauces. Meals are not complete without sauces. And one of the best sauces ever? Hollandaise sauce. I was in sauce heaven.
Since the meal was a la cart we also got Mexican Summer Corn Gratin, a new dish to the menu and extremely wonderful.
We also got Miso & Sesame Glazed Eggplant, which was equally yummy but I kept thinking it looked like sausages and would get weirded out by the non-sausage taste. But this is clearly just my issue.
Thoughts? The service was impeccable and the food was delicious, but for the price we sort of expected to receive a little bit more as it wasn’t a super fancy-schmancy restaurant. If this restaurant was in Stamford I probably would be back multiple times, but since it’s in NYC with all the limitless food possibilities the city offers, it’s time for me to move on.
I dub it 3 spam musubis***
***brand new HawaiiGurlInCT rating system stemming from my love of Spam Musubi’s (in case that wasn’t extremely obvious).