Veritas, NYC 2
October 18, 2011
In July, 2010, Linda and I dined at Veritas and described it as “the NYC discovery of the year for us.” A month later it closed suddenly and the entire staff was fired. In November it was reopened with new owners under veteran chef Sam Hazen. The exceptional wine cellar was still intact; the new menu was designed around it and the nearby Greenmarket. Linda and I returned for dinner on August 23, 2011.
The ambience was less elegant than before. There were no longer prix fixe or tasting menus, only à la carte selections. There is a definite American feeling about the offerings. We ordered glasses of Louis Roederer NV Champagne for apéritif. The wine list is still enormous, but the « market » section seemed much reduced. It did not include any of Veritas’ extensive collection of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, so we ordered a bottle of 2001Domaine du Pégau, cuvée reservée, from the reserve list.
We both started with
Ocean & Land
Lobster, Bone Marrow
The butter poached lobster tail was flavorful and succulent. It was enhanced by pieces of marrow from the split beef bone. The lightly cooked parsley added a bit of green freshness to the richness. We ate this superb dish in small bites.
Linda’s main course was
Pan Roasted Veal Chop
Short Rib Ravioli, Watercress
She said that the veal chop was succulent and roasted perfectly. The short rib ravioli was an excellent idea to add richness and another texture. The many mushrooms seemed unnecessary to Linda, but the watercress salad added a good crunchy finish.
Maple-Brined Wooly Pig
Charred Tomato, Wilted Butter Lettuce
Mangalista pork is the rage nowadays for good reason. Its flavor was nicely enhanced by the slight sweetness of the maple syrup marinade. On top of the loin slices is a sort of bread crumb crusted pork neck hamburger which added a bit of spiciness. The lettuce and cherry tomatoes were well cooked appropriate garnishes. Very good.
Our dessert was
Charred Strawberry Tart
Pistachio Sponge, Lemon Curd Ice Cream
This was a nicely conceived and executed dessert, not too sweet. With it I had a glass of La Spineta, Biancospino, Moscato d’Asti 2010.
There was a little plate of mignardises and a banana spice cake to take home.
Our meal was excellent, worthy of the fine bottle of wine. The cuisine emphasizes one or two main ingredients in each dish without fussiness. The service and pace were just right. We were very happy we had returned to Veritas and plan to return again.
To see our description of Veritas and report on our meal from the year before click here.
We returned to Veritas on July 27, 2012. I didn’t do a new blogpost as we repeated with the lobster and bone marrow. Linda repeated the veal chop and I had the Roasted Jurgielewicz Duck with sauternes cherries which was copious and excellent. The repeats were also excellent.