Readers of this blog surely have a passion for food – perhaps even matching that of my own. In that spirit, I took my own medicine yesterday. I actually made the effort to have lunch at York Street. I love everything about this situation. Lunch is served only on Wednesday. This forced me to kinda plan ahead – and there is something so right about that. I broached the subject to "Babu," an old friend and business associate, a couple weeks ago – "you know… we really outta go down there…".
^ If the above image warms your heart, you are already in the club. If not, I invite you to join.
Sharon Hage cooks good food, period. The menu for this lunch was as expected… unexpected. Pick a dish, any dish – and enjoy perfect execution, nuance and occasionally, whimsy. My lunch guest "Babu," has the dual distinction of being my best friend (of countless
decades years) and an engaged eater. We started off with our version of "Soup and Sammich":
^The Carrot Ginger Soup; and the Grilled Cheese. Mmm hmmm.
The menu was enticing, but the special was Calf’s Liver – Babu had to have it. – The Sweetbreads called to me…
^ Calf’s Liver (have you ever seen a more palatable presentation!) And, the Four Story Veal Sweetbreads w/ French Lentils.
Are you kidding me… both delicious. Oh, and Beets!:
^ (eat more beets – I’m just sayin’)
Raspberry was the word of the day…
I really enjoyed this Raspberry Limeade… and we had the forethought to order the Raspberry Buckle, ahead. (Thanks to our terrific server’s suggestion.)
I just love this place… there were only a couple of open tables in the intimate room, the rest filled with savvy diners – enjoying a rare mid-week respite. Old friends catching up here; a casual business meeting there; an informal wine tasting (that I wish I’d have crashed) over there… It’s special.
Sharon’s reputation doesn’t precede her, it’s trying to catch up.
I may even prefer the room in the diffused soft light of day. But then, in the evening you get… the Sherry. Oh, that reminds me… we need to make a reservation…