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Indulging at Betony

Desserts, Dinner, Drinks, New AmericanLizComment

An Incredible Dining Experience

When you form new relationships, whether they be personal or professional, it is important to bond. What better way to do that than while sharing a meal...just like a family! 

Lynnette Marrero, an incredible mixologist and Cocktail Empress and part of the Zacapa team, organized a SPECTACULAR dinner at Betony, a New American Restaurant near Central Park. When we arrived, I knew we would have a lovely evening. 

The bar is breathtaking and houses a staff of talented bartenders. 

  The Bar

The Bar

  Beautiful place settings - the circular plates are awesome

Beautiful place settings - the circular plates are awesome

While we were deciding what to order, I was enjoying nibbling on the pretzel-like flat breads. Addictive!

  Intriguing bread basket

Intriguing bread basket

  I love the incorporation of greenery 

I love the incorporation of greenery 

  Zacapa Daiquiri - so delicious and refreshing!

Zacapa Daiquiri - so delicious and refreshing!

On the menu, there was an exotic appetizer: Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Australian Black Truffle (I AM DROOLING THINKING ABOUT THIS!). I didn't indulge (it was nearly $50!). A set of diners next to us DID order it. 

  The chef, Bryce Shuman, came out to shave the TRUFFLES

The chef, Bryce Shuman, came out to shave the TRUFFLES

  Presentation is EVERYTHING

Presentation is EVERYTHING

I would like to note that the Executive Chef, Bryce Shuman, and the Wine Director, Jeff Taylor, visited our table throughout the evening to ensure we had the best experience. The service here is top notch!

As an appetizer, we had the Fried Pickles and Wax Beans with a mayo-based dipping sauce. So delicious!

  Fried Pickles and Wax Beans

Fried Pickles and Wax Beans

  The house made bread was delicious - I LOVE BREAD almost as much as I LOVE PUGS!

The house made bread was delicious - I LOVE BREAD almost as much as I LOVE PUGS!

From the chef, we were sent a molecular gastronomy inspired gazpacho. It was FROZEN! Such interesting textures and flavor. 

  Beautiful presentation

Beautiful presentation

We each ordered an appetizer and it is hard to figure out which was best! Lynnette went with the Lobster Salad. I was lucky enough to have a claw and truly enjoyed it. Julie got the Summer Squash with Lemon Verbena and Goat's Milk. Keenan got the "Spicy Tuna Roll" - it has "quotes" on the menu to mean that it isn't what you would expect. It wasn't AT ALL what you typically see in a Tuna Roll, but delivered on the flavor. I went with the Foie Gras Bonbons served with cashew and black pepper. I loved these and could really only handle eating one. They are RICH AS HELL. The flavor was fantastic though! Robert got a salad...I know...somewhat boring. It looked lovely but could not compete with the BONBONS. It didn't even try. Rebecca got the Yellowfin Tuna - such a unique presentation. 

  Lobster Salad

Lobster Salad

  Summer Squash 

Summer Squash 

  "Spicy Tuna Roll" 

"Spicy Tuna Roll" 

  Foie Gras Bonbons

Foie Gras Bonbons

  Young Lettuces 

Young Lettuces 

  Yellowfin Tuna with Tomato and Capers

Yellowfin Tuna with Tomato and Capers

The chef sent us the Pig Head's Terrine which scared me. I tried to not look at it. Eek

  MEAT JELLY HELP SOS

MEAT JELLY HELP SOS

  Fresh baked bread served with the scary pig

Fresh baked bread served with the scary pig

For my entree, I asked our server for some guidance. As soon as he described the Grilled Short Rib, I was READY TO EAT IT. Other entrees ordered (Roasted Chicken, Halibut, Skate Wing) looked great but I was focused.

  Grilled Short Rib

Grilled Short Rib

  Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

  Seared Halibut

Seared Halibut

  Sauteed Skate Wing

Sauteed Skate Wing

  I forget what this was but it was a delicious side with chicken flavors and yumminess 

I forget what this was but it was a delicious side with chicken flavors and yumminess 

  Delicious smoky potatoes 

Delicious smoky potatoes 

  A Za-Groni - A Negroni made with Zacapa Rum!

A Za-Groni - A Negroni made with Zacapa Rum!

Obviously, we got a ton of desserts! We started with a refreshing frozen watermelon delight! It was a nice transition from dinner. It had hints of olive oil to balance it.  

  Watermelon time!

Watermelon time!

For dessert, we had a full line up of beautifully executed dishes. The desserts highlighted chocolate, peach, corn and strawberry as the prominent flavors. My favorite was the corn dessert - so unique! I also really enjoyed the peach one. 

  Chocolate, Hazelnut and Raspberry

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Raspberry

  Peach, Lavender and Oats

Peach, Lavender and Oats

  Sweet Corn, Blueberry and Basil

Sweet Corn, Blueberry and Basil

  Strawberry, Pine Nut and Sorrel 

Strawberry, Pine Nut and Sorrel 

The meal would not be complete without a glass of Zacapa XO. It is best enjoyed served neat - you can really appreciate the incredible profile of the liquid that way. 

  ZACAPA XO

ZACAPA XO

Photos with my iPhone cannot compare to my Canon. Oh well, didn't have it on me and needed to capture the meal!

  Entrance

Entrance

This is a fantastic restaurant. In terms of special occasion dining (that doesn't empty your wallet to the same degree of a restaurant like Per Se), this is one I would come back to for sure. The Gander still has my heart though!

Cheers,

Liz