Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cognac 09-22-2010

Location: 1740 Broadway
Time: 12:30pm
People: FA and myself

Feelings: Decent French cuisine in Midtown? I would never dream. But since FA's friend works at Cognac on Broadway, we decided to check out this brasserie. It is a perfect location for Midtown business lunch as well as a pre-theater dinner, and the boulangerie next door welcomes you for a croissant or pastry on your way to work. I live near a slightly bustling French restaurant scene in Brooklyn, but Cognac exceeded my expectations and surprised me with their flavors and superb service.

The menu is no frills, very standard French. We started off with Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart ($14, roasted tomatoes, fresh goat cheese and thyme), which was a heavenly mixture of flaky tart crust and creamy cheese along with tangy tomatoes. This was one of the better and filling appetizers I have had in years.

My Scottish Salmon ($24, broiled, with braised lentils, bibb lettuce, dijon mustard and red wine lobster sauce) was perfectly cooked and fresh, and the large portion justified the price. The dessert, Rose Macaron ($9, with litchies, fresh raspberries, rose cream and berry sauce) was light and subtly sweet with delicious tanginess from the fresh raspberries. The aroma of rose and litchies was quite unusual for dessert.

They also have Prix Fixe menu ($24.95, from 11:30am to 7pm), so if you are in the area and thinking of going to the Palm again, why not try Cognac for a change? The buttery deliciousness of French cuisine will take you to quite a happy place.

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