Last week I had lunch at Charlie Palmer's Aureole, his recently moved restaurant, which is now in the Bank Of America tower at Bryant Park. It was a fabulous lunch with perfectly executed, delicious food!
Pastrami Pork Belly Sliders ($15) with raclette cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing were addictively good.
A Smoked Duck Foie Gras Terrine ($23) with quince, port jelly, endive remoulade, and pain d'epice, was a geometric work of art, with flavors and textures perfectly complemented.
My entree of Duck Confit ($25) with sweet potato puree, black trumpet mushrooms, and blackberry duck jus, might have been the most perfectly cooked duck I have ever had! The crackling skin, the tender meat, and everything on this plate was ingenius, and teased my taste buds with every bite.
A Yellowfin Tuna Tataki ($21) with spicy Asian greens, cilantro, scallion, and miso lychee dressing was simple, refreshing, and a salad you'd desire to eat on a daily basis.
When dining at Aureole you MUST stay for dessert because they are exceptional!
A Caramel Corn Sundae ($8) with chocolate sauce, bananas, and salted peanut butter cookies was playful and truly wonderful.
The Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta ($10) with citrus salad, fennel croutons, and savory honey was ingenious, amazing, mind-blowing, and a true work of art!