Last night, I wound up at Rembrandt’s for dinner with a friend. The longtime Fairmount tavern recently brought in chef Nick Cassidy from Buddakan to spruce things up a bit, and I was curious to see whether change was a good thing for Rembrandt’s.
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Earlier this month we posted a photo of a special at the Royal Tavern, Duck Confit Potato Skins, topped with Gruyere, truffle butter, sour cream, bacon, and scallions. It sounded great and I was excited that the commenters were on board. Why not have a potato skin resurgence? A great starchy base with a good crunch. Seems to me that the potato skin is a great base for creative toppings and of course sour cream. Sour cream just tastes better when it’s on a potato skin.
So since that post I’ve been on the lookout for skins on menus. And this past weekend it went an interest to an obsession. But two sets of skins in, I’m disappointed.
The last time I visited the Prime Rib – this is going back a couple of years – I went with a friend and the meal was all wrong: an overcooked, under-seasoned steak, dried up oysters, chalky mashed potatoes, and a benign, expensive shrimp cocktail. The only thing that saved the night was getting pretty tipsy on their formidable martinis amidst the black-lacquer and gold, animal-and-floral printed room that looked like an interior designer circa 1982 threw up all over it.
Restaurant Week is certainly an impetus for other restaurants to get in the prix fixe spirit.
Meme is promoting their $35 fixed-price meal that is available not just during Restaurant Week but every night.
And even in West Chester there’s some Restaurant Week backlash as Avalon is offering a free cheese plate to anyone who comes in and says “I am not here for so-and-so’s Restaurant Week.” And as we pointed out earlier this week, everyone is having a restaurant week.
Our first reaction to seeing that XIX was serving Nutcracker Tea was yeeeowww! But after regaining our composure we recognized they were referring to holiday tea from 2 to 5 PM daily. The $38 high tea ($19 for children) consists of modern twists on tea sandwiches like curried chicken salad with dried currants and walnuts on a mini baguette; egg salad with parsley and nutmeg on brioche; Scottish smoked salmon with dill cream cheese and watercress on pumpernickel; strawberry jam and cream cheese on country white; and honey ham and cheddar on toasted brioche. A three-tiered tray, dubbed â€œLand of the Sweets,â€ features Nutcracker-themed treats like Sugarplum Fairy Pudding and Marzipan Financier.
Looking for something a bit heartier but just as blue-blooded then take note that the Prime Rib is open for lunch for the two weeks preceding Christmas (December 11-14 and 17-21). The menu will include Prime Rib classics such as lobster bisque, jumbo shrimp cocktail, roast prime rib, chopped sirloin steak and fresh Norwegian salmon. In addition, there will be salads and sandwiches like the Prime Rib sandwich, crab cake sandwich, classic burger, poached salmon salad, Yellowfin tuna salad and warm steak salad.
The Prime Rib just off the lobby of the Warwick bills their happy hour as civilized. Itâ€™s also a good deal.
On weekdays from 5 to 7 PM there are half-priced cocktails, $3 Prime Rib cocktails, $4 wines and $2 beers. The menu offers some finger licking finger food with a $5 Bites menu featuring Prime Rib Minis, Potato Skins, Kobe Pigs in a Blanket, Lamb Duo and Clams Casino Triple.
The Prime Rib [Official Site]
Maybe you’re headed to the theater this holiday season. Then take advantage of being in the city by having an excellent pre-theater dinner. The Prime Rib is offering a special $30 per person menu from 4:30 to 6:30.
Full menu after the jump.