Y’ready, folks? Summerlicious is back July 5th through 21st, 2013 for another 10-day stint as the culinary tour de force we can’t get enough of. As major food-lovers here at VTV HQ (go figure, right?), we couldn’t help but immediately troll the 196 restaurants and their Summerlicious 2013 menus with veracity and vigour. So, we’ve come up with six days of Summerlicious guides, starting aujourd’hui with six Chic and Sophisticated spots worthy of your limited reservation time…
Pretty much making our list each year is Auberge du Pommier, the golden jewel in the crown that is Oliver and Bonacini’s multitude of properties. So, why does Auberge take a prime spot on our Summerlicious 2013 guide? Easy: The $25 lunch sees chicken leg confit with boulangère potatoes, fine herb pistou and a chocolate and coconut parfait with milk chocolate mousse and caramel coconut, while the dinner menu has New York strip steak with tomato salad and pommes fourchette, and cheese, nuts and fruits with brie d’Auberge, sweet and sour blueberries, and cashew butter. #Foodgasm!
The Shore Club – Summerlicious 2013 Menu
The Shore Club is one of those spots everyone has heard about but few can actually speak to its menu, interior, or ambiance. Well, change your lack of perception during Summerlicious this year with their awesome sauce $45 dinner. They’ve got lobster mini cannelloni with truffle oil and lobster bisque foam, grilled halibut with charred corn and tomatillo salsa and arugula pesto, and a terrine of sorbet to finish it all off. Can we get a #NomNomNom, please?
North 44 – Summerlicious 2013 Menu
Classy is as classy does, and North 44’s nothin’ but class. This midtown staple is intriguing diners during Summerlicious this year, with an assortment of excellence: Crisp tempura artichokes with saffron aioli; roasted chicken supreme with zucchini noodles, oven cured tomatoes, crisp spinach and natural jus; and summer peach upside down cake with crème fraiche and praline. Yeah… get in line.
The hardest part about dining at Estiatorio VOLOS for Summerlicious this year will be the decision between lunch and dinner. This contemporary Greek restaurant kills it with their insanely delicious dishes and gorgeously decorated atmosphere. Lunch sees one of our favourite dishes in the city, the Exohico, as well as their delightful watermelon and feta salad, and a flourless chocolate cake. Dinner, on the other hand, showcases their refinement with offerings like Spetzofai with roasted spicy lamb sausage and oregano tomato sauce, black sesame wild Pacific salmon with spanakorizo and shaved feta, and pressed Greek yogurt with walnuts, fresh berries and honey. Decisions, decisions…
Cafe Boulud – Summerlicious 2013 Menu
A stylized and sophisticated spot if ever there was one, Cafe Boulud in the newly opened Four Seasons is purely cosmopolitan. If you’ve yet to try out this exceptional offering from Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud, Summerlicious is the perfect chance. For lunch, they’re boasting a marinated squid salad with baby gem lettuce and lime gremolata; a grilled Mediterranean daurade with cocoa bean and cucumber salad, and coriander and cumin sheep’s yoghurt; and a Tonka Bean sundae with candied pecans and tonka bean chantilly. Dinner’s even more luxe, seeing seared Digby scallop with sweet corn succotash and avocado mousse; roasted Cumbrae beef with Tuscan potatoes and Calabrian chili; and a chocolate tarte with cocoa nibs, praline, and limoncello sorbet. Bon appetit!
Scarpetta – Summerlicious 2013 Menu
Ah, Scarpetta. The Thompson’s name-brand resto is all on the Summerlicious tip this year, offering a mouth-watering assortment of their dishes for dinner. Start with the braised short ribs of beef with farro risotto or the creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms. Move onto the roasted organic chicken with braised leeks, wild mushrooms and lemon thyme jus, or the Mediterranean orata with fennel brodetto. Then finish it all off with an Amedei chocolate cake with burnt orange-caramel gelato and espresso sauce, or a tasty cheesecake with caramelized, port marinated berries. Decidedly not just like Nonna used to make…