I ate at Aureole once for a work function, but since I was presenting and keeping clients happy, the food was not on my mind. I had been meaning to go back every since and finally made it there with a fellow foodie friend. It is very centrally located in a place where you just don’t expect great restaurants: 42nd Street right off of Times Square.
I’m pretty sure we went with the $89 prix fixe. They have a pre-Broadway prix fixe that seems like a steal for 3 courses at $55 (5-6pm).
We started with an amuse bouche that I cannot recall the exact details on.
My choice to start was the chestnut papparedelle with slow roasted veal breast, wild mushrooms, and pecorino. This tasted like the earth and I absolutely loved it. I have a special place in my heart for chestnut, and I kind of wished there were pieces (only because I’m selfish), but it was a very good dish.
We also tried the wagyu beef carpaccio with shiitake, scallions, taro root, ponzo, and lavash. This was perfectly complimentary in flavors, with the nice richness of the meat cut but the sweetness of the ponzo and with added depth from the shiitake. Very nice.
We also tried the branzino (my favorite fish) with fennel, dandelion, red onion, cashew, and citrus. It was all sorts of perfection. Cooked incredibly well and balances of flavors that were just fabulous.
And we tried the prime ribyeye steak with roasted root vegetables, brussels sprouts, horseradish, and natural beef jus. It was cooked just right and the horseradish was faint enough that I hardly noticed it.
A palate cleanser soon arrived and it was a nice little burst of fruit to get us ready for dessert.
The desserts came out and they were pieces of artwork. Sadly, I didn’t write them down, so I can only guess.
This was something chocolate (I’m going to guess a lava cake) with delicious strands of pulled sugar on top. I remember this being rich but balanced.
I know I ordered something with meringue (another one of my favorite things). I remember really enjoying the flavors of this, but missing the firm crisp of the type of meringue I enjoy so much.
And then out came petit fours. Each was delicious in their own right, but I remember thinking extra fondly of the macaron and the watermelon thing.
I was really impressed by our meal at Aureole, not only because it was just that good, but also because it’s somewhat unassuming. It’s not a place I’ve heard talked about much, yet it’s right in the heart of the theatre district (a place I live near, work near, and play near often). If you are looking for a pre-theatre meal, I think that $55 prix fixe is a great deal!
Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10