Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Mark Restaurant - Review

The Mark Restaurant - Dude Grade: B- (for brunch)
25 E 77th St, New York 10075
(At Madison Ave)
Phone: 212-606-3030

The wife and I met up some friends at The Mark Restaurant (a Jean-Georges joint) and what a great decision. We were originally scheduled to go to Cafe Boulud, but our friends went the day before and they were pretty disappointed. Bummer - since I love Restaurant Daniel, but it seems like his other restaurants (DBGB being the other) are not on point. Any who great times and killer brunch.

Our Menu

Bloody Mary **
I absolutely love bloody marys for brunch and this was perfect. Something about the tangyness, spiciness, and the faux healthiness (tomato is good right?) that helps start the day off right.

Omelette Gruyere Cheese ***
spinach, roasted potatoes, tomato

I used to think I knew what an omelette should look and taste like. I've watched Jacques Pepin make plenty of omelettes and I've been to France, but I've never seen or had an omelette like this. It actually looked fake since this color was so yellow (almost like a crayon) and everything was so homogenous. The actual texture was out of control as it was custardy yet solid and not mushy. A complete wtf omelette and all omelettes will be judged against this going forward.

Smoked Salmon Pizza **
"Everything Crust"

A fun play on a bagel with smoked salmon. Uber satisfying - great crust that definitely had the thin, crispy, and chewy pizza crust tasting like a bagel. I think it had some type of green puree (maybe pesto or something like that) that added a nice light flavor as well. Great stuff.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (A-) – Kick ars brunch.
  • Service (A) – Waiter was attentive, very friendly, and offered some good suggestions. Food came out pretty quickly.
  • Atmosphere (B) – A weird mix of almost a lounge like feel in the back (dark with these ambient lights) and a townhouse feel in the center (tall ceilings, bright sunlight). We got there at 12:15 on a Sunday and it was 1/4 full. By the time we left, it was about 80-90% full. The crowd consisted of groups of ladies and families - all seemed in the upper tax bracket.
  • Price (C) - Hella expensive, but the food was so good and we had such a good time, it was worth it. Omelettes were $18-20 (very pricey), but the kicker was the $16 they were charging for a bagel with smoked salmon...seriously?
Closing Comments
Although the food was excellent, I'd probably check out other places before I come back since it's hella expensive for what you get. However, I definitely want to come back to check out the other menu items.

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