Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Colicchio & Sons (Main Dining Room)

I originally declared last Friday night "off duty".  The plan was to enjoy a dinner without my obtrusive picture-taking and mental note-jotting.  But as the night went on, I wound up being more and more impressed by Colicchio & Sons that I gave in! Out came the iPhone, and I managed to snap some pictures of the entrees and dessert. 

Set in trendy Chelsea, Colicchio & Sons is decorated beautifully, with high, open ceilings and an impressive wall of wine.  From the moment we walked in the door, we were not only wowed by the decor but also the friendliness at the hostess stand.  We were greeted warmly and cheerfully, quite rare in NYC!

Our server also did her part in continuing this friendly environment.  As we each gave her our order, she in turn told us how each of our dishes were uniquely prepared.  The additional descriptions were welcomed and made us feel great about our choices.  If we weren't sold on them before we ordered, we certainly were then!  Throughout the meal, she was very attentive, but in a quiet manner.  The service was unpretentious yet refined.

Unfortunately I was still sticking to my "off duty" bit when appetizers came out so I don't have pictures.  But take my word for it that everything was delicious! Among my group, we ordered the Hamachi, the Roasted Octopus, the Lobster Salad, the Butter-Poached Oysters, and the Beet Pappardelle.

For second courses, we went with the Halibut, and the Roasted & Braised Red Wattle Pork.  Both were amazing, A+ on both!

Halibut with Truffled Celery Root Agnolotti & Glazed Rutabaga

The Halibut had a wonderful crust on it and the sauce was delicate yet flavorful.  The fish was cooked perfectly. 

Roasted & Braised Red Wattle Pork with Bacon Marmalade & Puntarella
The Roasted and Braised Red Wattle Pork was delicious.  Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? I think not... fatty pork belly, with more succulent pork.  You can't get much better than that.

I don't remember which dessert we had but it was well done as well.  We also opted for a plate of three cheeses, and they wheeled out an impressive cheese cart to cut it table-side. Delicious!

Cheese cart
Assortment of three cheeses

Overall it was a great meal and we were very pleasantly surprised.  From the quality of the service to the food, all was positive.  It was probably one of the most friendly and courteous dining experiences I've had.  Other NYC restaurants should take note!  I enjoyed it so much that I'm going back on Friday, but this time to try the more casual Tap Room.

Piggy says Yes!

Piggy KL

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