I tried my best to stay away Restaurant Week this year (no really, I did)… After several years of busting my butt to get as many reservations as possible to get prix fixe prices, there were just too many mediocre meals to justify any continuance on my part (see my post on Il Mulino for a prime example).
Shockingly enough, my feigned resistance was pointless. My friends wanted to go out for restaurant week, and immediately I was in with suggestions from my infamous list. I ended up making reservations for the four of us at C-House, but, as is standard within our group, we were whittled down to two members. We battled through the snow/rain, though, and entered Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s endeavor.
The restaurant week menu that was placed before us was different than the one on-line, so my friend Jimmy and I were slightly put out, but relieved to actually find the new options better. We each ordered the butternut squash soup, steak, and chocolate tort and split a side of macaroni. The soup had bacon and pine nuts on the bottom of the bowl, which added to its rich and creamy comfort. We ordered the steak medium rare, and it was prepared perfectly, with potatoes and some sort of long-grain rice, both heavy with flavor. The macaroni side also contained sausage which I avoided, but Jimmy loved; the pasta itself with it’s light, but cheesy sauce was delicious. I could’ve eaten only that all night and been just fine. Lastly, the chocolate tort had hints of cherry in it, which is a pairing I don’t love. I’d rather strawberry or raspberry be the fruit of choice when paired with chocolate, but overall I believe someone who prefers the cherry combination would enjoy it.
While safely within the restaurant’s warm modern glow out of the sleet outside, and consuming well-planned winter dishes, C-House was definitely one of my better restaurant week experiences. 3.5 out of 5 spoons.