Park, New York 12538
General Information: 845.452.9600
The experience at Escoffier's was one
to be held sacred; I had excellent service and the Caesar's Salad
was prepared tableside. It was truly an experience.
First, I was introduced to my waiter (Matisse),
who was more than pleased to share his wisdom with me. He pulled
over a small table with a large wooden bowl (used only for Caesar's
Salad preparation). The table contained all the necessary utensils
and dressing ingredients. Matisse proceeded to fill the bowl with
pepper, garlic and anchovies; he crushed these together until they lined
the bowl in a thin film. Next, he added pasteurized egg yolk
(similar to the "egg-beater" products; no chance of salmonella
problems this way). He added about a tablespoon of fresh lemon
juice, a dash of mustard powder, and virgin olive oil. Fresh grated
parmesan and mini croutons (approx. 1/4 inch cubes; tiny, tasty, homemade
morsels), topped it off.
The salad was exquisite!
The dressing was rich enough, yet did not soak up the plate ( I cleaned it
up, not leaving a morsel behind).
Along with the salad I had a glass of
champagne; apparently, the effervescence is supposed to intensify
the salad's flavor (I'll drink to that!).
The atmosphere of Escoffier is subdued
and delicate with a decor of pink overtones. Tables are covered with white
linens and polished silverware. A single cream colored rose in a bud
vase decorated my table. There is an arched opening into the kitchen
where you can observe the chefs at their work. Music in the
background filled the air with just the right overtones to complete the
elegance (I believe it was playing one of my favorite violin concertos
from "Schindler's List").
I left with such a smile on my
face....looking forward to coming back again someday...