Dieci, NYC

April 28, 2015

On March 28, 2015, Linda and I dined at Dieci, on East 10th Street, an Italo-Japanese fusion restaurant.

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The dining room is quite small with tables close together, but it is not uncomfortable. The kitchen is close by in the back with a pass through slit. The staff appears to be entirely Japanese, as were most of the diners when we arrived. The chef has worked in Italy. The service moves along at a good pace and there is a constant turnover of diners; several walk-ins were turned away while we were there. .
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We started with glasses of Cremant d’ Alsace, Lucien Albrecht Brut. We followed this with a bottle of Pinot Noir, Brassfield Estate High ’12 .
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This pinot from high altitude in far northern California was not assertive, but had elegant pinot noir characteristics and went well with the cuisine.

Our first course was
Uni Scrambled Egg
sturgeon caviar
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The eggs were soft scrambled, topped with sort of a gelatin and served at room temperature. They were garnished with delicious sea urchin and a scoop of salty caviar. Excellent.

Chawanmushi
egg custard with foie gras
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This traditional steamed Japanese egg custard was  served very hot. It was enriched with dashi, whipped foie gras and shiitakes. Also excellent.

Fettucine
creamy sea urchin sauce and calamari
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Plenty of sea urchin topped the good fettuccini and sauce. Very good, even though the calamari rings had little flavor.

Filet Mignon Steak
truffled soy reduction and mushroom couscous
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The filet mignon was top quality, tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked. The truffled soy sauce was a perfect match and brought out its beef flavor. The couscous with shiitakes was a good complement in texture and mild flavor.

Earl Grey Cream Brulée
with Tahitian vanilla ice cream
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The crème brûlée was classic style with a tea-colored interior. The Tahitian ice cream had a very satisfying amount of vanilla in it.

Molten Chocolate Cake
with bourbon ice cream
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The inside of the cake was warm, bringing out the flavor of the dark chocolate. The ice cream provided a good temperature contrast.

Our meal was a succession of well-crafted dishes with good ingredients. We were very glad we chose Dieci.

228 E 10th Street
New York 10003
(212) 387-9545

http://dieciny.com/

To see a more complete report on a meal at Dieci click here. 

 

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