My Favorite 2014 New Restaurant ”Bâtard”
Batard opened a month ago on West Broadway in Tribeca. Lately I’ve gone to many different restaurants in Tribeca such as Racines, Telepan Local, Khe-Yo, and Marc Forgeon. They are all wonderful new restaurants. (Except Marc Forgeon. It’s been around for a long time.) I came to Batard on a Friday night. I was, once again, very lucky to make my reservation just a day before.
I will start with something not wonderful about this place because after this I will be non-stop writing about how amazing this dinner was!!! Well, the decor of this place was the only reason I took a few hearts off my rating. It is a very classy and more formal atmosphere than I had imagined, however, it was nothing special. This may not be a bad thing depending on what type of atmosphere you are looking for. I’m sure they purposefully and carefully decided to go for this type of decor ( 90′s ) but I prefer something more cute. (Cutie Patroller is always on the prowl in NYC for cute places and great food.) It felt out-dated especially when they are serving such modern, new american dishes.
OK done!! Now I’m moving on to my 5 hearts rating part for the food!
Their menu is only by the course – two course for $55, three course for $65, and four course for $75. Both of us chose three courses. The waiter informed us that our option could consist of two appetizers and one entree. Which means you don’t have to choose dessert as one of the three courses. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I have never seen a three course option like this before. I’m not a dessert girl so you have no idea how happy this made me! 🙂 After much thought my friend and I chose four appetizers and two entrees to share. I think we chose a good balance of six plates.
There are eight options for appetizers and they all sounded delicious, most of which were seafood so we chose four seafood appetizers. We decided to balance out the meal by ordering two meat dishes for our entrees.
Our first two appetizers were YELLOWFIN TUNA marinated radish, quinoa, camelina oil and SEARED OCEAN TROUT cured cucumber, spiced crème fraîche, clams. O.M.G. Both dishes were amazing!! The plating was so pretty and the portions were great. Most importantly, they tasted perfectly delish!! I give 5 hearts for both dishes.
The second two appetizers were OCTOPUS “PASTRAMI” braised ham hock, pommery mustard, new potatoes and MAINE LOBSTER green asparagus, zucchini blossom, citrus rind. They were not as great as the first two dishes, but you can see how pretty the plating was. I normally don’t order octopus because I can have octopus at any Italian restaurant (or any other place these days), but I saw a photo of it and thought it looked unique.
Our third course (and main entree) consisted of VEAL TENDERLOIN “tramezzini”, asparagus, mushrooms, sauce diable and NY STRIP LOIN OF BEEF braised cheek, cauliflower purée, baumkuchen, romanesco. Both dishes came with sauce, but you won’t see that in the photos because I have to take a picture first. I think food photos are sometimes better without sauce so they don’t look messy. I assure you that I enjoyed adding sauce to both dishes once I finished taking photos. 🙂 At this time, I was already a little bit full since our four appetizers were such generous sizes, but I was ready to taste the veal! And how amazing that the steak was served as three different parts of beef. Both dishes were perfectly cooked at medium rare and delightful.
We probably stayed a good three hours enjoying our courses and a bottle of red wine. At the end of the meal we were served their homemade cookie, too. Oh, I forgot to mention that their bread was so good. I don’t eat bread unless it’s special and this was! Homemade salted caraway seed roll. Yum!
Overall, I give Batard 4.8 hearts which is a super high heart rating for Cutie Patroller. The last time I gave this high of a rating was my three course lunch at JUNI last month. Another minor thing, I thought they should have switched our appetizers bringing the octopus and lobster out first and the trout and tuna second. Since we were having two meats as entrees it would have been better to serve us the cooked dishes first, then the raw seafood, followed by the entrees. I think the courses would flow better that way. Listen to me!! What a snob!! But that’s my mini-thought.
The place was surprisingly not very full for a Friday night, but it was raining. I can imagine some reservations got canceled. I am highly recommending you make a reservation right now before it’s impossible to get in. I’m definitely going back to have the YELLOWFIN TUNAand SEARED OCEAN TROUT again. I’ll also be sure to try other dishes that I didn’t order this time. I go out to eat at new places every day, but not many of those places will I go back to within a few months. This place is my exception 🙂
PS – Mr Drew Nieporent was here during my visit. 🙂