Friday, February 11, 2011

Where We're Dining - BLT Market, NYC

Beautiful paintings of fruit and vegetables at BLT Market

Semi-Smoked Jumbo Scallops

Acacia Marinated Alaskan Black Cod Served in Skillet

BLT Market is one of several BLT restaurants located in Manhattan and in several other cities.  Their website is  BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel.  Laurent Tourondel is a French trained chef.  Others include BLT Steak, BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Burger and BLT Fish Shack.  BLT Market is located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel at the corner of 6th Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan.  The setting is beautiful yet casual.  The menu changes seasonally to adjust to use the freshest seasonal ingredients available.  The portions are small and the prices are high, but the food is beautifully presented and amazingly delicious.  We started with an appetizer portion of fresh pappardelle/sunchokes/red wine braised short ribs/garlic parmeson gremolata.  This was one of the tastiest dishes I have ever had.  My only complaint is that the portion was miniscule.    For main courses, we had semi-smoked jumbo scallops/green apple nage/braised endive/american caviar and acaia marinated Alaskan black cod/celeriac puree/wilted spinach.  Both were exquisitely presented and delicious.  The cod was truly amazing.  I can't wait to try some of these recipes at home.  We shared a spiced flourless chocolate cake/brandy creme anglaise for dessert.  Of course, it was so delicious!  Even the coffee was special.  Check this link for two cookbooks by Chef Laurent Tourondel, New American Bistro Cooking, and Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel. Both cookbooks are filled with amazing recipes that I can't wait to try.  For a real treat, I would certainly recommend BLT Market! ~ Laura

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