We opted to sit in the bar area because it was one of those last days when it was 75 degrees outside in October! The doors open up to the sidewalk so you’ve got fresh air and the “ambiance” of OTR. There are these really cozy booths with lots of pillows and after a bit – there was a someone setting up to play some music for the evening.
Keep going around corners and you’ll find this cozy nook – there are nooks all around this place. The rooms upstairs are great as well – there’s a really nice patio upstairs for the guests to use (in good weather).
Here’s the menu for the evening- you get bread, soup, salad and sorbet and then choices for entree and dessert. Coffee & tea are included but they have a full bar as well.
The salad was a Belgium Endive, romaine and roasted kabocha squash with pomegranate white balsamic vinaigrette. Now on this one – Danielle didn’t care for it but I really liked it! The vinaigrette was fruity and light – really zippy! The squash added a bit of richness to it – beets would have been good as well. It was nice to not have a normal “house salad” with croutons and cheese, etc…
Next up was the palate clearing sorbet and I have to say – probably my favorite part of the meal – this Apple Cider Bellini was my favorite thing last time I dined here. It was so delicious. Danielle had no idea the wonder she was about to taste! The apple cider taste is so vibrant – I don’t even like sorbet but I can tell you – I’d eat a gallon of this stuff!
Danielle went with the New York Strip crusted with espresso sea salt and Glace de Viande (meat glaze) and Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potato Stacks. Danielle thought it was fine – I had a bite – it was fine. I prefer my steak medium rare and strip is one of my least favorite cuts (I’m a ribeye girl). It was a nice entree.
Now my favorite part of the meal – dessert! Danielle chose the Cinnamon Pumpkin Creme Brulee topped with whipped vanilla cream, berries and chocolate chili dust. She was sold! It tasted like pumpkin pie but with the crunchy crust on top.
Why Should You Go? Well – I can’t say that the food is amazing (except for that damned dessert) – but the food is good. The atmosphere is great and it’s so unique. It’s just a comforting, interesting and warm place for dinner. There are unique stories about the art around the hotel as well as a history – just ask the manager – she’ll share it all. If you’re going to a show at Music Hall – check it out as a pre-dinner spot – be sure to make a reservation – on show nights they’re packed! Or if you’re just up for trying something unique in the city – it’s definitely a great spot.
Disclosure: The Symphony Hotel provided our meal that night in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own.