|Mix in New York|
Cuisine: American , French
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Good things, it's said, come to those who wait. And those diners who have waited until now to try Mix in New York, Alain Ducasse's super-chic midtown restaurant that opened last year to mixed reviews, are finally in luck. Not only is the restaurant's recently revamped main menu full of delicious (if extravagantly priced) options, Mix is now augmenting it with a slightly lower priced "Bistrot" menu of "homey" dishes inspired by Ducasse and consulting chef Christian Delouvrier. Feel free to mix from both menus to come up with the ideal meal.Review By: Brian Scott Lipton
We headed to the Bistrot menu for two of our starters: a sensational "salad" of chopped potatoes and herring nested in a bowl of frisee, and a pleasing ballotine of rabbit, stuffed with spinach, pine nuts and tomato, served alongside a sliver of toast topped with a hearty "schmear" of rillettes and a crisp mesculun salad. From the main menu, we sampled the butternut squash soup, thick rather than creamy, heady with nutmeg -- and perfect for a cool night.
Despite such autumnal Bistrot choices as veal stew and a stuffed poached hen, we gravitated to the regular menu for our entrees. And we were more than amply rewarded by a superbly prepared rack of lamb, and slices of roasted duck breast, served gorgeously rare and coated in a beautifully balanced sauce a l'orange. The house's side dishes are definitely worth indulging in, most notably the decadently rich elbow macaroni studded with pieces of ham and coated in truffle jus and butter. Far lighter, but also delicious, are the potatoes "macaire," which is a divinely fluffy pie topped with a cheese crust, and the excellent creamed spinach in which the vegetables seem to float in a bath of cream.
Tempting as it sounds to have pizza for dessert, the house's chocolate pizza works better as a concept than as a satisfying finale. But only a Francophobe could complain about the wonderful chocolate mousse, which arrives in a bowl large enough for two or three to share. It may come from Mix, but it certainly doesn't come from a mix.
Neighborhood: West 50s
Entree Price: >$30
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