Every few months or so, my advanced advertising friends and I try to meet up for dinner to catch up on life… which is not an easy task, everyone’s schedules are so busy! Kelly and I were both excited to hear Resturant Week was extended until the end of Summer, what better reason to enjoy dinner out with friends 😀 I was hoping to go to Bolo (one of Bobby Flay’s resturnats) but, alas, they were only continuing the pre-fix menu for lunch. So I decided we should go to Manhattan Ocean Club… one of the participating resturants I would probably not go to w/o the Resturant Week promo… and Kelly and I both like fish, so there you go.
Lucky for Kelly, I showed up a bit late, which gave her extra time to chat with the cute bar tender 😉 Since the resturant was just around the corner from Bergdorf Goodman, Ken was able to join us as well.
After we all enjoyed some beverages at the bar, we were taken to our table… in the back corner… with a less than attentive waiter. I stated with a Spicy Shrimp appitizer and had Salmon as a main course. Both were delicious… the salmon in particural had a very good sause. I was less than impressed with the desert… a milk chocolate ganache tart… sounds like it would be good right? Well the crust was so hard that I could barely get a fork through it, and the filling was nothing that spectacular.
I my year of eating in NYC, I would place Manhattan Ocean Club just in the middle… the main food courses were good which is more than I can say for Barna, but not as interesting as the flavors I tasted at Butter. Butter and Tavern on the Green both had exceptional service, despite the fact I was seated all with young adults ordering off of the pre-fix menu. At The Manhattan Ocean Club, it seemed like the waiter was doing as much as he had to to get by, and it took longer than really necessary to get a check. One a happy note, I do give The Manhattan Ocean Club props for employing a young, cute bartender 😉