On the Road Exploring Restaurants Inspired by Great Chefs
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Geoffrey Zakarian's The National
Plantain Soup those Fries were not mine but I did have one
The Next Iron Chef
This New York trip I really lucked out because the office I was visiting was across the street from the Geoffrey Zakarian's The National. Chef Zakarian was the latest winner of the next Iron Chef so it was a great opportunity to try lunch at his flagship restaurant. I went there with a colleague and sat at the bar so we could watch the action in the restaurant and also to avoid getting a 2 top by the front door. The National is a real New York business lunch hot spot. There are a lot of folks in suits making very big decisions are selling very big deals. But it is not too stiff!! The lunch menu is a European Bistro selection. I ordered at Plantain Soup and a Chicken Salad. The Plantain soup was a great choice, it was a leek based stock pureed with Plantain. It had heat from the Chorizo and sweetness from grapes. It was served in a small stainless pot, overall it was delicious. I had a Chicken salad that had couscous, thin slices of baby carrots and radishes with big chunks of fresh chicken. Only drawback was that there was just a little bit too much mustard seed dressing. Overall the lunch was very good. The following day I went there for breakfast and had their red pepper omelet with spinach and feta cheese. Not the most creative choice on my part but none the less very good.