Monday, September 12, 2011

Brasserie 1605 Restaurant, Crowne Plaza in Time Square Manhattan

Hubby and I flew to NYC mid-August (last month, overdue) for work. Been way too long since I've flown any distance that would warrant an actual in-flight meal, so I was dying to see what was for breakfast. 

Delta First Class breakfast, SLC-JFK: 
(1) Toasted Sesame Bagel with jam, butter and cream cheese. Toasty, warm.
(2) Cut Fruit--kiwi, orange, pineapple, canteloupe. I love freshly cut fruit, sharp edges.
(3) Cheese Omelete, Smoked Ham and Griddle Potatoes. Smokin hot, surprisingly flavorful and...good!
(4) OJ and coffee.
For vegetarian hubby...
(1) Seasoned Mixture of Oats (or some awesome grain) with apples and cinnamon.
(2) Toasted Pain Bagel with Jam and Margarine.
(3) Cut Fruit.
Hubby's plate of mush was OUTSTANDING! Am I raving about airplane food? I am so easily impressed, it's pathetic?
Crowne Plaza Time Square Manhattan is located in the heart, or actually the gut, of Time Square. Our room assignment was small but not tiny and modestly stylish, with fab views of the Hudson River and cityscape! 
We took a speed-stroll before unpacking. I am a sucker and romantic for super touristy and cheesy ambiance. I love Time Square in all its racy, racial, colorful glory!
After just a few blocks, humidity kicked and we were starving and dehydrated. After some ridiculously indecisive attempts at street food carts, we returned to the hotel and scored a table with a view at Brasserie 1605. 
Complimentary Bread.  Bread was chewy, crusty, fluffy. Does everything taste better at sea level?
Let's have vino with everything on this trip!
Crunchy Golden Lobster Potstickers.  I completely missed the word "Crunchy" in the menu description and was annoyed when wontons arrived crispy-fried versus pan-seared. Flavors were bold, sweet and tangy and partially made up for my mistake in ordering.
Watercress Grapefruit Avocado Salad.  Microgreens, red onion, a whole avocado, sectioned grapefruit. Loved the flavors. Sloppy, but yummy.
Tuna Towers.  This was a mess and a challenge to eat. How do you take the first bite? Way too saucy and over-plated with random garnish. Microgreens made everything too bitter. Tuna chunks were lost in the confusion :'(
Cappuccino.  Rich and strong, frothy with a dash of cinnamon.
Coffee Press.  Even coffe tastes better in NYC :)
So...2 hours later...after some speeches and discussion panels...dinner is served in one of the hotel ballrooms.
Bay Scallop Matane Shrimp Martini Ceviche.  Too much liquid, sloppy and not pretty. More random microgreens! Despite the bad presentation, the flavors and textures were deliciously chilled with kicky lime in every bite. This martini was exactly what you would expect at a hotel banquet dinner.
Petite Filet Mignon and Herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon Provencal Risotto, Chardonnay Sorrel Cream Sauce.  Sadly, the tenderloin was cooked to a perfect medium well instead of my preferred rare. The salmon was drowned in rich cream. Decent prep and generous serving by any hotel standard, but does everything need to be so darn heavy and fatty? (See that pile of microgreens?!)
Vegetarian Risotto and Roasted Veggies.  Flavorful mound of vegetarian stuff. Not very pretty ;'(
Dessert Trio.  Cute, but... boring.
Apres dinner stroll.
xoxo I love you, NYC.

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