It seemed fitting to explore Times Square one dreary Sunday morning, late November. I adopted New York as my home over a decade ago and it still amazes me with its bright lights, labyrinth streets and eclectic cuisine. We picked B. Smith restaurant row in the heart of the Theatre district.
The mood was somber inside, a reflection of the weather outside. Decor bright and autumnal, the music was a mixture of Rythm and Blues. We were hoping to have the Jazz Brunch – a live Jazz Band plays; but we got there too late.
It was a prix fixe dinner menu of only $35. Their speciality cocktails are themed after broadway plays and quite refreshing. We started with the Fried Green tomatoes with aged ricotta cheese and red pepper aioli. Tart, sweet and full of flavour, the red pepper aioli serves as a wonderful compliment to the sweetness of the ricotta cheese. Entrées of choice were the Bronzed Rib-eye Steak, mashed Yukon potatoes with Cognac Sauce, and fresh garden vegetables as well as the Grilled Salmon with vegetables. Portions are substantial, ideal if you want to take home leftovers.
We had the Bourbon Street Bread Pudding served with a creamy bourbon glaze. It was phenomenal – the sweetness of the bourbon glaze was a delightful treat and the pudding did not disappoint. It sets the bar high for any other bread pudding you’ll ever have.
Those of you visiting New York this holiday season, make a stop at B. Smith Restaurant Row, before or after a broadway show. The staff is great, attentive and hospitable – always a determinant if I want to visit a place again. If you are lucky, and B. Smith is there, she comes around each table and says hello. Happy Holidays!