If I had to choose a place to enjoy my last meal, I’m pretty sure Park Avenue Winter would be top of my list. I had one of the most culinarily exciting experiences there during my recent foodie field trip to NYC. The rotating seasonal menu and décor are diverse and creative, with each dish flawlessly executed. The waitstaff is professional, attentive and informed. I was particularly impressed with our server, Erin Skvarca, who brought over a generous sampling of different plates. Dining at Park Avenue Winter made me fall in love with food all over again.
I started my lunch off with a thoughtful twist on a lobster roll. The open-faced sandwich was served with divine langoustine meat tossed in a lobster mayo composed of creme fraiche, red onion, celery, tarragon, chives and lemon juice. A house made parker roll was stacked with crisp bibb lettuce, onions and a touch of tomato sauce. Absolutely divine.
Truffle croquettes were next on my mouthwatering journey. A soft, delicate mixture of mashed potato and earthy black truffle was rolled into a ball and lightly fried to perfection. Miles away from any greasy appetizer you could imagine, these delights were airy, yet decadent and swept me away to another world. I truly didn’t want it to end. Served on top of a tangy, grainy dijon mustard and creme fraiche dipping sauce, this must be what heaven feels like.
As for the ‘sides,’ I could have made a meal out of them alone. Savory, crispy mini potato latkes were served with labneh yogurt and brown butter rosemary applesauce.
Brussel sprouts were slightly caramelized after bathing in a tangy, miso soy glaze.
Fresh spinach was sauteed with meyer lemon and topped with tart preserved lemon creating a rich, citrusy taste.
For dessert, sorbets that were silky enough to be ice cream: refreshing banana-olive oil and sweet and spicy chocolate-ancho.
I wrapped up my visit with a chocolate cube filled with cinnamon caramel mouse and devils food cake.
Based on this meal, it looks like Winter may be my new favorite season. I guess I will have to wait until Park Avenue Spring (beginning March 20th) to find out.