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DINING

DINING

really work. This escargot “pizza” is a great example of how well Todd English balances his Italian heritage with his French culinary training. Panisse with crispy chic pea fries, red pepper harissa and chorizo dust -- A rectangular slab that looks like a slice of cake with a boiled tofu texture and a smoky flavor? I know that sounds strange but I couldn’t eat mine fast enough!

Appetizers Soupe Al'oignon with gruyere crostini -- I'm not a big fan of french onion soup, but I enjoyed this. It had rich flavor – not just all salt – and I loved the hearty helping of warm and gooey cheese on top. For those of you who do enjoy French onion soup, you'll also be happy with the generous portion. Petite Iceberg Salada with avocado, tomato, cruton and russian dressing -- At first glance, this dish looks intimidating: the whole head of lettuce is served. I wasn’t sure how to cut into it, but the effort paid off; it was delicious. Sweet bacon in my would

corn crab ravioli with melted leeks, and peas -- I still have the taste of it memory. It's very decadent and yes, I order it again.

Rabbit Wellington with spinach, mushrooms and carrot puree -- I have to hand it to Todd English for nicely incorporating the French's love of adding pastry into savory dishes. The meat is tender but it doesn't fall apart when cut into.

Dessert Olive oil cake with mascarpone ice cream This may sound foreign to some of you, but please try it. This dessert has triple layers of surprises for the taste buds. The mascarpone ice cream is a perfect treat by itself. I enjoyed it so much that I was tempted to ask for a bucket to take home. 20

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Todd English Restaurants • The Plaza Food Hall 1 W 58th St, New York (212) 986-9260 www.theplazafoodhall.com • Ca Va Brasserie 310 West 44th Street, New York (212) 803-4545 www.cavatoddenglish.com • Olives 201 Park Avenue South, New York (212) 353-8345 www.toddenglish.com • The W New York Hotel Union Square 201 Park Ave South, New York (212) 253-9119 • Libertine 5 Gold Street, New York (212) 785-5950 www.thelibertinerestaurant.com • Juliet Supper Club NYC 539 West 21st Street, New York (212) 929-2400 www.julietsupperclub.com • Figs Restaurant LaGuardia Airport (Central Terminal) (718) 446-7600 figslga.com

Encore - December 2010  

Encore Magazine - New York City

Encore - December 2010  

Encore Magazine - New York City