A Gilt City Deal at Georgica
I went to the Hamptons this past weekend with Melissa. Always the deal maven, of course she had a killer deal to use at one of East Hampton's hottest restaurants, Georgica (http://www.georgicarestaurant.com/ordereze/home.aspx). The chef at the restaurant isn't even 21 - how crazy! Melissa found a deal for 3 courses plus 1 cocktail/wine per person for 4 people - over 50% off the menu "value".
You always wonder with these deals if you are getting the same portion if you ordered off the regular menu vs. the deal menu (in this case, Gilt City).
The cocktail menu was impressive. I chose a twist on a Paloma (tequila and grapefruit) with St. Germain. It was lovely. It didn't come with a salt rim, so I requested for it to be poured into a fresh glass with salt. I love the contrast between the sweetness of the cocktail and the salt!
There were multiple options for the appetizer course. I was debating between the Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto, Spicy Tuna Roll and Fried Local Oysters. When I read the oysters were prepared with black truffle marmalade and whipped potato chip mousse - I was sold at truffle!
For my entrée, we could choose between the East Coast Halibut, Roasted Chicken or Scallop Ravioli. I went with the Halibut! It was served with a light yuzu kosho butter, sweat pea greens, leeks and sourdough. The fish was cooked perfectly and still moist. The portion wasn't that large, but that tends to happen at fancy restaurants, especially with pricey cuts of fish!
For dessert, we could choose between the Coconut Panna Cotta and a Sorbet Trio. The Panna Cotta was served with a mango glace, raspberry sorbet and toasted coconut. The flavor combination was great and a nice, light end to our meal.
Overall, the meal was great. For about $40 a person with the deal, I felt like it was a good value. If we paid the menu price for the items we ordered, it would be over $100 a person. If we paid that much, I would have felt jipped. While it was a nice restaurant, I don't think it was worth that much, given portion size. Also, Melissa's parents typically like to sit outside on the porch with a view of the lake. For whatever reason, they had that area (arguably the best area in the restaurant) closed. Poor decision making, for sure.
If you're in the Hamptons and have a "deal" - check this spot out, otherwise, skip it.