Sunday night my family went out to dinner for my younger sister's birthday. I sent my sister a list of 20 options I thought she might like, and she went with Landmarc in Tribeca. Landmarc is known for having a great wine deal. Unlike most restaurants they don't mark up the half or full bottles of wine, so basically you are paying what you would pay if you went to a wine store. I think this is great. More importantly, I think Landmarc is a great restaurant.

It's a two story space with exposed brick and is very welcoming. For appetizers we tried the Roasted Marrow Bones with onion marmalade and grilled country bread, the Foie Gras terrine with pickled onions, the grilled Octopus with potatoes and tomatoes, chorizo vinaigratte , and the Mussels with shallots parsley and white wine, and fries.

The Roasted Bone Marrows were good, and we were instructed by the waitress to place some onion marmalade on the grilled country bread, then the marrow, then to add a pinch of salt. The result was delicious! The Foie Gras was also excellent; smooth and tasty. The Octopus dish was perfectly flavored and nice. And the mussels were also delicious. The fries were fine and came with some mayo.

For my entree I had the Braised Lamb Shank with celery root puree, brussels sprouts and lardons. This was a great dish. The lamb was tender, fall-off the bone. I loved the celery puree and the lardons. It was truly all delicious!

My father had the crispy sweetbreads with horseradish and green beans. This was another winner. Everything tasted great. My younger sister went with the steak tartare with grilled country bread and field greens. It was very tasty. My older sister had the grilled pork chop with sauteed spinach, carmelized onions, and apples. I really enjoyed how the apples and onions complimented the tender pork. My mom had the grilled tuna with white bean ragout, sweet garlic, red peppers and parsely. It was good and fine.

What I liked most about all these entrees was that they were all perfectly cooked and everything on each plate perfectly complimented the main dish. The sides weren't just thrown on for no reason. It all went well with each other. And thus, everything tasted great!

For dessert we tried one of each (creme brulee, blueberry crumble, nutella eclair, lemon tart, chocolate mousse, and tiramisu) and they did not dissappoint. My favorite was the lemon tart. The tanginess and sweetness balanced each other perfectly. We tried three ice-creams; hazlenut, coffee and tangerine sorbet. All came in cones and all were great.

Landmarc is the perfect restaurant. It's elegantly casual without being too stuffy. It's almost like dining in a neighbor's house for dinner. The food is great. The wine is great. I definitely recommend it. Also, the good news for people who live uptown and don't feel like trekking all the way to Tribeca; they are opening up a Landmarc in the Time Warner Center.


179 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013