I got to go to NYC for my job a couple of weeks ago and after a long day of work – we headed over to the Hell’s Kitchen area for a big group dinner at Elsewhere.
One of the girls was in love with the Menage-a-Trois and told us we HAD to order it. Dates stuffed with Roaring Forties Blue, Almonds, Pancetta and Orange ($10). Everybody but me loved it. I tried. I tried one bite but that was some strong-ass blue cheese and I’m just not a fan. I couldn’t handle it. But if you like blue cheese – you’d like this!
For the appetizer I chose Bay Scallops with Celery Root Puree & Butternut Squash ($12). I wasn’t thinking bay scallop and was expecting a regular sized scallop. It was okay – a little sparse compared to the salad portions – but okay.
One coworker went for the cheese tasting ($27). It was quite a variety and she really enjoyed it. That’s another thing you don’t find out here in the ‘Nati too often – I’d love to see this as an option at places here.
After MUCH debate – I chose the Raviolo with warm Ricotta, Arugula Pesto & Pistachio Oil ($19). The fresh pasta was really great…but overall I didn’t like it much. The ricotta was bland – the brown sauce (no idea?) seemed like it was screaming for mushrooms and the pesto was more like chunks of arugula. I was pretty disappointed and was wishing I was back at the Hudson Cafeteria!
Chocolate Bourbon Icebox Cake, Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream ($8) – it looks delicious and my coworker said it tasted pretty great too!
Another coworker and I decided to split their Dutch Baby with Apple Compote & Fresh Cream ($10). It was okay. The dough was good but the apples were a little undercooked.
Why Should You Go? Eh – I wouldn’t. Although I’d love to see some Cincinnati folks take a hint from the big city and add the flavored popcorn to their menus (eh-hem – Virgils – sounds like something right up your alley!) – I just didn’t enjoy my meal that much. I also have a theory – when you’re in NYC – go to one $100+ dinner (Daniel for example) and then – devour street food the rest of the time! The service and the food is THAT MUCH BETTER. And with the street food – gyros, pizza, dogs – they’re on every corner – and don’t forget the black & white cookie (still a Seinfeld junkie after all these years).