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Desserts, Dinner, Drinks, New AmericanLiz1 Comment

Another Fabulous Meal at The Gander

I met up with Christine last week for a truly wonderful meal at The Gander, one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Earlier in the day, the restaurant competed in a Bloody Mary Competition and ended up featuring a special drink that evening. It was a clarified Bloody Mary Martini. The process of clarifying it removed the color and texture from the vegetable juices and left a beautiful translucent liquid. The cocktail was balanced and had a nice pickled vegetable taste to it - yummy!

  Clarified Bloody Mary Martini

Clarified Bloody Mary Martini

The complimentary Park House Rolls are incredibly delicious! They are served hot with yummy butter. The flaked salt on the top was yummy!

  Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls

As an appetizer, I ordered the Sea Trout Tartare. It is such a delicious reinterpretation of a classic dish. Using the crispy Trout skin as a type of spoon was fun and quite tasty 

  Sea Trout Tartare

Sea Trout Tartare

  CLOSE UP

CLOSE UP

Jordan, one of the managers that I've gotten to know over the past months, sent us over a Crispy Calamari Salad. It is served with snap peas, grapes cashews and ranch dressing. It is an interesting combination of flavors that results in a powerful taste profile. 

  Crispy Calamari Salad

Crispy Calamari Salad

Christine got the Hamachi Crudo with Beef Tendon, Lemon and Habanero. She really enjoyed it! I was too busy stuffing my mouth with Sea Trout and salad!

  Hamachi Crudo

Hamachi Crudo

As we started to get our main courses, we got another surprise! Jordan sent around another dish: Winter Vegetables. This was a balanced dish. 

  Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables

We decided to split two pastas. The Tubetti with Duck Confit, Duck Yolk, Crispy Duck Skin, Citrus, and Black Pepper. We also got the Spaghetti & Clams with Bisque, Guanciale and Fennel. We should have ordered half-sizes of the pasta. Each is incredibly rich! I can't rave about them enough though, so yummy. 

  Duck Tubetti

Duck Tubetti

  Spaghetti & Clams

Spaghetti & Clams

For my second drink, I got the Cider '75, with Rye, Honey, Lemon, Allspice Dram and Hard Apple Cider. The cocktail was light and citrus forward - very pleasant! 

  Cider '75

Cider '75

For dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Custard which is a reinterpretation of an Egg Cream with Malt, Toffee and Nibs. It is so unique and satisfying! Jordan also sent over one final item - the Brown Butter Date Cake, served with pumpkin, pecan, pepitas, pear and Chai Tea. 

  Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

  Brown Butter Date Cake

Brown Butter Date Cake

Overall, this was another knock-out meal. This restaurant is a MUST try!

Cheers,

Liz