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January 19, 2015 / Food Follower

Birthday Celebration at Gotham Bar and Grill

My parents took me out to dinner for my birthday to Gotham Bar and Grill. And might I say that the food was absolutely spectacular. Gotham Bar and Grill serves upscale American food, which has hints of French and Asian inspiration. The menu is full of fresh ingredients and interesting flavor combinations. I definitely had trouble deciding what to order (but in the best possible way).

The waiter showed us a selection of breads, which all looked good, but I ate two pieces of cranberry walnut bread instead of branching out. The crust was the perfect amount of crispiness, and the inside was warm and soft, with crunchy walnuts and tart cranberries. I knew from the moment I bit into my first piece of bread that this would be a wonderful meal.

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We split a kale and quinoa salad and yellow and red beet salad to start. The kale and quinoa salad had sweet pears, almonds, pecorino cheese, and a fruity vinaigrette which tied the salad together.

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I didn’t like beets growing up, but in recent years, I’ve grown to love them. The beet salad was served with goat cheese, frisée salad, and toasted hazelnuts.

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For my main course, I ended up ordering the cod, and I definitely made a good choice, but I would probably say the same thing if I ordered the halibut, striped bass, chicken, etc (aka pretty much any entrée on the menu). The cod had subtle Japanese flavors – it was marinated in a miso sauce and served with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and a soy lemongrass sauce. The cod was cooked perfectly. Cod is one of my favorite fishes, but I usually hesitate to make it at home because it’ll either come out perfectly or terribly (not cooked enough or overcooked).

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For dessert, I ate the warmed Gotham chocolate cake with salted almond ice cream. The cake was scrumptious, but I have to admit I tasted more salt in the ice cream than almond, but it was still very good!

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The waiter also brought mini financiers to the table for us all to share. You really can’t go wrong with financiers!

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I definitely recommend eating at Gotham Bar and Grill for an unforgettable experience.

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