Restaurant Week Reports: I'll Tell You Mine...
Is it just me, or is it kind of deserted out there?
Two days in and I've had two Restaurant Week dinners in half-full restaurants. To be fair, diners trickled into PS 7's at around 8 last night, but at 7:15, empty tables dotted the landscape. Sei never came close to reaching full capacity for the entire time we were there on Monday.
Not that I was at Sei for all that long. The servers had us in and out in 53 minutes. I know Restaurant Week is supposed to be all about turning tables quickly, but under an hour felt too quick. I tucked into my bowl of watermelon-wasabi gazpacho only to have a server re-appear within minutes to ask if I wanted her to "get that out of the way" for me. I didn't.
But hey, on to the food. The restaurant's got a pretty extensive Restaurant Week menu: six appetizer options, five entrees. The watermelon gazpacho was a bit too waterlogged for my taste -- I know you're in there, flavor! -- but the wasabi guac was as good as I remembered it from a previous visit. I opted for the short ribs entree and I'm glad I did. Miso provided a subtle complement to the tender meat. My date ordered the California roll and nigiri entree and I think that's a good bet for hungrier diners. With six pieces of nigiri and the roll, it felt like a more full plate. The orange miso bread pudding should not be missed. (The restaurant will continue to offer Restaurant Week pricing through Sept. 30).
My PS 7's expectations weren't that high to begin with after a not-so-great meal there long ago, but last night's dinner was a good one. Like Sei, PS 7's had a lot of options. Saffron and tomato blended beautifully in the broth for mussels. The warm spinach salad was small, but the tumble of wintry flavors piqued our interest in the next course. For me, the pork loin was the winner: stuffed with leeks and bacon, topped with strips of parmesan and surrounded by a sauce with only slight hints of thyme. Both the pork and the beef tenderloin came in normal-size portions -- a bonus during RW. Dessert's strongest temptation was the rich chocolate-peanut butter concoction, essentially a candy bar for grown ups. (PS 7's will offer Restaurant Week pricing through Sept. 5.)
So, I've told you mine, let me hear from you. What are your Restaurant Week hits and misses? Let your fellow diners know in the comments below.
| August 26, 2009; 4:39 PM ET
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