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Dinner: Delmonico’s

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I have wanted to dine at Delmonico’s for a very long time, and I can’t believe it took me this long!  It is such a huge part of New York history and also culinary history, as it set restaurant standards and created time-tested dishes.

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The original Delmonico’s opened in 1827 and had many locations and different owners since then.  It also involves a bit of trademark law.  The Delmonico family tried to keep rights in their last name, but a court ruled that when their last restaurant closed in 1923, the name went into the public domain.  So there were other owners who opened restaurants with the name Delmonico’s.  While the current restaurant isn’t in the lineage of the original restaurant, it serves the dishes Delmonico’s is famous for.

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Delmonico’s is historically famous for its grandiose dinners like those for Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.  It is also famous for being the first restaurant to let diners order a la carte.  It originated some dishes that have become classics like the Delmonico steak, Delmonico potatoes, Lobster Newburg, baked Alaska, chicken a la king, eggs benedict and Manhattan clam chowder.

On the night of my visit, CNN was there with a camera crew filming about the history of the restaurant and its famous baked Alaska.

As it is white truffle season, there was a white truffle special on the menu–lobster risotto with white truffles.  The appetizer version was $45.  I decided to splurge since I can’t recall having eaten white truffles before.

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My friend ordered the bacon appetizer that came with octopus.  I tasted it too, and it was delicious.

delmonico bacon

For my entree, I was deciding between lobster Newburg and Delmonico steak, and I opted for the famous steak.  Boy, am I glad I did.  You can’t tell from this picture, but this steak was cooked to perfection, slightly crispy char on the outside and pink on the inside.

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The 40-day aged bone-in rib eye was even better, if that can be.  This was an exceptional steak.

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For sides, we got creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.  Both were very good.  In fact, I think the creamed spinach is my favorite of all the steakhouses I’ve been to in the city.

delmonicos creamed spinach

delmonicos mashed potatoes

Since I saw the baked Alaska being showcased for the CNN program,  I knew I had to try one.  Generally, I’m not a meringue person, but of course, I love ice cream.  I didn’t know what to expect, but the meringue wound up being my favorite part.  The meringue has this light crispiness to it

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but it’s soft and frothy on the inside.  I loved it.  I could eat that alone.  But with ice cream and a nice crust, it was the perfect dessert.

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Weekend Whets 11/15

Culinary for Children: Holiday Cookies, Saturday, November 16, 2013, 2 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe, New York:  Make  struffoli, pizzelle and holiday biscotti.  $30-$50.

Artful Dining:  Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson, Sunday, November 17, 2013, Noon, in the home of Lori Zabar and Mark Mariscal (Upper West Side):  Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses his memoir, Yes, Chef with co-author Veronica Chambers.  This is part of Symphony Space’s Artful Dining series.  $250.

Eater Eve 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, Lower East Side:  Pre-Eater awards event with Southern food.

Food Workshop:  Harvesting Our Diversity, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, Queens:  Explore the similarities among traditional foods from the Americas, Europe and Asia, such as empanadas, beef patties, dumplings, sauerkraut, kim chi and pickles.  Tickets $10.

4th Annual Mac-Off, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 5 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street Brooklyn:  Macaroni and cheese competition of New York chefs.  $20.

Snow Crab Festival, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 12 pm to close, Crab Spot Restaurant, Brooklyn:  All-you-can-eat crab legs, corn and beer.  With live music.  Tickets $70.

2013 Seamless Craved Awards Tasting Party, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets, Studio 301, Manhattan:  Food tastings from NYC favorite restaurants and 100% proceeds go to Food Bank For New York City.  Tickets $25.

An Evening with Alice Waters, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., PS107, Brooklyn:  Q&A with Alice Waters and autographing session.

Cooking and Modern Art with Mary Ann Caws, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m., The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan:  Discussion on how famous artists ate and depicted food.  $25-$40.

Festa di Tartufi, Friday, November 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, Manhattan:  A celebration of Piemontese white truffles, Barbaresco and Barolo.  Mario Batali and Antonio Galloni host a five-course meal by Executive Chef Mark Ladner.  Tickets are $1,000.

Candies Through the 19th Century, Sunday, November 24, 1 p.m., Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, Yorkville, Manhattan:  Susan Benjamin, president of Cool Confectionaries talks about the history of candy in the U.S.  $20.

Sausage Fest, Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn:  Chefs compete using sausage as the main ingredient.  $20.

December

5th Annual Latke Festival Great Performances, Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan:  Area restaurants create their versions of latkes and famous foodie judges choose the winners.  Ticket prices vary.

Fundraiser for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Relief, Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8 p.m., Toshi’s Penthouse, Flatiron:  Live music and auction.  All proceeds go to victims.

The Third Annual Slow Food Show, Sunday, December 8, 2013, 1 p.m., Astor Center Screening Room, East Village:  Showcasing food entrepreneurs who produce locally.  Tickets $15.

Cooking Class: Dolci delle Feste, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe, New York:  Members and their guests can learn how to make holiday desserts.

Craft Beer Christmas, December 25, 2013, 1 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village:  Christmas dinner with beer.  Tickets $25.

January

6th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off, January 12, 2014, 1 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village:  Professional and amateur chefs compete to create cassoulets.  Tickets $30.