Cafe Ysabel's Argentine entrana steak with brown butter, wild mushroom cream and peppercorn demiglace
Pre-holiday benefits, however, must include a couple of invites to dinner pairings with single malt whisky.
If you are looking for something over the top, try the grilled duck breast, made with Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, chargrilled and then garnished with toasted pecans and a brown sugar-bourbon demiglace
center-cut filet medallions with Truffle Merlot Demiglace
, Bearnaise, and Peppercorn reduction sauces; fried asparagus with jumbo lump crab, and the Nutty d'Angelo, prepared tableside.
The truffle sauce and a housemade demiglace
embellished the steak with some well textured mashed potatoes blended with real butter.
The story may then move on to a main course of Alaskan king crabs enhanced with uni sauce and aged reggiano cheese, or a humongous plate of prime Angus rib eye with potato gratin, creamed spinach, demiglace
Dinner items (served from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.) include meatloaf ($18), pan-seared filet mignon with truffle-essence demiglace
($30), osso bucco, sea scallops, roast chicken, blackened grouper and some pizzas in the $15 range.
Indeed, the Reporter has previously written about his 7-day simmered demiglace
, made from roasted veal bone stock and dribbled over hand cut steaks, his meat loaf with savory blue cheese sauce, his rosemary-grilled lamb chops, or seafood risotto dishes that must be sampled to be believed, and have prompted sophisticated diners to say they found that Manhattan itself had nothing superior to this.
The voice-over narrator provides a highly metaphorical description of what New York City smelled like to children from a small town: "In the hot August afternoon, the city was reduced, like a long-simmering demiglace
, to a fragrance of stunning richness and complexity" [Figure 7].
* Filet Mignon of Beef Tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet Maui Onion Confit with a Burgundy DemiGlace
From this list, my husband ordered the beef Wellington ($30.95), which featured a thick, tender fillet, on top of a puff-pastry square, with foie gras and a mushroom demiglace
. It is much different than the wrapped version we make at home for special occasions.
Hungry diners in those early days flocked to Jens' to eat his renowned pepper steak, succulent ground veal and pork meatballs and fresh salmon and halibut, as well as more exotic fare from his hand-written menu: grilled Hawaiian tuna with wasabi butter, Portuguese sardines in extra-virgin olive oil, medallions of red deer in blackberry demiglace
, a mixed grill of beef, venison sausage, andouille and squab, pan-fried filet of white sturgeon meuniere.
* Coq au Vin with a hearty mushroom and onion demiglace