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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Birthday at "The View"

We celebrated my birthday yesterday at "The View".

We ate at The View for our first wedding anniversary, back when dinosaurs walked the earth.  We hadn't been back since the 80's. 

The View is the restaurant at the Marriott Marquis hotel.  Readers of this blog will know that Drew and I spend a lot of time at the Marriott, it's a good place to hang out and kill time between dinner and a show, but we usually eat elsewhere.  But last night we rode the glass elevators through the atrium, all the way to the 48th floor, and were seated at a table right next to the window.  I could see the Chrysler Building, and Drew had a clear view of the Empire State Building, lit up red, white and blue for President's Day.  At first you don't feel the subtle movement as the restaurant revolves, but during the course of our meal we moved to a downtown view, then the Hudson River and the New Jersey, then uptown and finally back to Times Square.

We had to try their signature cocktail, the Fizz -- vodka, champagne, mango and berries.    Wonderful. 

It's a prix fixe menu, appetizer, entree and dessert.  We both chose the jumbo shrimp -- two enormous shrimp, plated with cocktail sauce and green dressed in a vinaigrette.  Heavenly. 

He ordered:

Grilled NY Strip Steak
Creamed Swiss Chard / Truffle Roasted Fingerlings / Au Poivre Sauce

I ordered: 

Broiled 7oz “Sterling” Filet Mignon
Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes / Haricot Verts /Tomato Marmalade / Demi-glace

Both steaks were excellent.  Drew raved about the Swiss chard. 

Dessert....well, our waiter decided to make my birthday special.  Instead of the usual dessert items, he brought me a special dessert -- chcocolate mousse cake with a chocolate ganache, with white chocolate decorations.  Somehow he knew that I am a chocoholic!  He also brought a portion of their yummy cheesecake.  Both desserts were decadent.

A note about changing dress codes.  Back in the 80's, people dressed up to eat at this restaurant.  I mean guys in suits and ties, women in skirts or dresses.   Last night most of the patrons were "dressy casual".  A few looked like they were headed to the Rangers game instead of a nice NYC restaurant.  The world has changed a lot, hasn't it?

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