|Dumonet at the Carlyle|
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Hotel dining is a privilege reserved for the rich (or those with hefty expense accounts), and Dumonet at the Carlyle is no exception. Usually. But I was able to catch a special three-course $29.04 lunch (check ahead for future specials). This extraordinary deal allows you to experience this room's civilized elegance and superb service at a true fraction of its normal tariff.Review By: Brian Scott Lipton
Menu choices are quite limited, but you'll likely find something to suit your tastebuds -- and portions are surprisingly generous. Starters include the soup du jour, an excellent Caesar salad with plenty of croutons, generous slices of parmesan, and a pleasingly light mustard-anchovy dressing, and a whole chilled artichoke accompanied by a very good mustard vinaigrette.
There are two permanent main courses: a roasted organic chicken (which we didn't sample) and a hearty escalope of salmon served over a bed of curried lentils. The daily specials, however, may prove irresistible. Monday's Coq au Vin was robust and mouth-filling (and accompanied by superb mashed potatoes); later-in-the-week options include such Gallic delicacies as lamb navarin, liver a la Lyonnaise, veal cheeks fricasee and rabbit with mustard sauce.
Dessert is definitely a win-win situation. The house's crème brulee, with its burnt sugar crust and creamy vanilla custard, may be the city's best rendition of this often-mangled favorite. But the New York style cheesecake is equally decadent and equally delicious. So is the after-dessert plate of homemade chocolates, jellies and cookies.
See, luxury isn't only for the upper crust.
Manhattan’s most sumptuous dining room is a feast for the eyes and the palate. A long time favorite among eastside neighbors, and visiting glitterati.
Neighborhood: East 70s
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