Vaucluse NYC, 2

October 9, 2018

Linda and I returned to Vaucluse for dinner on August 26, 2018. We were seated on a banquette with a good view of the dining room and, through the windows, to Park Avenue. It was very quiet on this last Sunday evening in August.

We started with glasses of Roederer Champagne. There is a four-course prix-fixe offering, with choices from the whole à la carte menu. We made our selections and ordered a bottle of 2014 Aurélen Chatagnier Cornas.

It was surprisingly light, as the sommelier said it would be, and good.

The bread basket was passed.
Linda’s first course was
Crabe et Caviar
dungeness crab, english peas, crème fraîche, caviar

Very good.

Mine was
Poulpe à la Provençal
charred octopus, stewed heirloom tomatoes,
picholine olives, parmesan bread crumbs

This was very disappointing. The octopus was only lightly charred and did not have a charred effect. The portion of tomatoes was much too large. The olives and crumbs were swamped and not evident. 

For our pasta course we both had
rabbit & reblochon cheese ravioli with black truffle jus

This was excellent. The rich rabbit glaze was enhanced by the truffle. The ravioli were to be savoured slowly.  

Linda’s main course was
Côte de Veau
pan roasted veal chop, braised potato, summer beans,
san marzano tomatoes, sauce choron

On our last visit Linda had excellent veal, but this chop was just a chop.  The braised potato was good. The summer beans and tomato had little flavor and were not interesting.

Mine was
dry-aged rohan duck breast, charred spring onions,
red radish à l’aigre-douce, spring garlic crème

This hybrid breed of duck is exclusive to D’Artagnan. It has a lovely, mild gamy flavor. The cooking was perfect, with red meat and crispy skin. The garnishes were all appropriate and well prepared. Excellent dish. 

For dessert we both had
Tarte Tatin aux Pêches
yellow peach, puff pastry, saffron-honey frozen yogurt

The peaches were nicely caramelized, but still seemed fresh. Very good. 

Well, of our six dishes, four were very enjoyable and two were disappointing. That was a letdown as there were no disappointments in our first meal here. The service, pace and ambiance were all good. Vaucluse is worth trying again.

To see our meal at Vaucluse two years before click here.

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