Perfect Birthday Dinner: Alto NYC

I’ve been wanting to dine at Alto since a friend described a meal there with such passion and sensuality that I felt I was a voyeur in his personal fantasy world. Passion, sensuality, good food and fine wine are the basis for an ideal life… Had to go there! 

When it came time to plan my birthday dinner – the two-Michelin starred Alto was at the top of my list (along with Chef Michael White’s other, equally rated restaurant, Marea – that will be next!). Fortunately I found a willing partner to enjoy this delectable splurge with – someone who I knew would enjoy it as much as I did. 

For the sake of keeping things brief, for now, here’s the abbreviated rundown of the evenings meal… 

Wine:  Littorai, Mays Vineyard, 2006 Pinot Noir 

Amuse:  House-cured salmon with blood orange 

Antipasti:  Mushroom soup with truffled ricotta and Seared diver scallops with grappa-soaked raisins and toasted Marcona almonds 

Pastas: Chestnut gnocchi with braised lamb neck, and meat tortellini with prosciutto and tomato cream sauce 

Entrees: Seared duck breast with Tuscan lentils and huckleberry jus, and sirloin with hen of the woods mushrooms, parsnip puree and red wine-bone marrow sauce 

Dessert: Torrone semifreddo smothered in deep dark chocolate sauce, and apple-filled bomboloni with caramel dipping sauce 

Dessert wine:  Eiswein, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel Germany 2002 

For the food-porn and more on the current menu click here

Sorry no photos this time – it’s a beautiful dining room filled with beautiful people and I was enjoying my evening too much to consider stopping for photo ops. Sorry! 

I will be writing about this meal in much more detail for an upcoming issue of Eat and Tell on… I’ll let you know when it comes out!

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