I could not have spent my last dinner in New York City with anyone better than with my mother and sister. It was the perfect close to my 12-year chapter in NY.
Myself (left), My mother (center) & my Sister Tiffany (right)
By now you may have read and/or have heard about me moving out of NYC and as of Friday, I finally arrived in Arizona! More details soon to come of my experience here on the West but before I do, I want to share my last evening in the Big Apple.
With Food Network’s Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli in her restaurant, Butter
Front entrance of Butter
I was able to invite a guest to dine with and being that it was my last night in the city, I couldn’t pass up inviting my beautiful mother who I knew would appreciate Alex’s exclusive tasting menu. The menu was comprised of seasonal recipes using Fisher walnuts, pecans and almonds in a variety of dishes. From starters to desserts, each dish had a creative twist highlighting one of the 3 preservative free nuts.
Fisher’s Nuts floral arrangement
From the moment I walked down the staircase into the foyer of the restaurant, I immediately sensed an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication which is everything I look for when celebrating a night to remember and I am very glad I was able to do so at Butter. With semi-glossed wooden tables, a variety of brown hues from the booth to the high ceilings, and low but warm lighting, the décor had the right amount of masculinity; what I like to call a “modern rustic-chic” design. A very inviting contemporary feel.
As for the food, I have to admit I can be one picky eater but because I’m a huge nut fan, I couldn’t wait to taste new recipe combinations such as: goat cheese pecan tartlets, grilled salmon with spiced almonds, and potato gratin with walnuts. Besides, how often can you say you’ve tasted a recipe created by the same chef you watch on national television?! I just couldn’t pass this up!
Clockwise: Chicken breast with butternut squash and candied pecans | Potato gratin with walnuts | Grilled salmon with spiced almonds | Walnut, bacon and cheddar potato “bites”
And if there is one way to win me over, that is for me to have a change of opinion on a particular ingredient I was not originally fond of prior to tasting. I was quite skeptical going in on the goat cheese pecan tartlets. Much to my surprise from the first bite, my mind was blown away! I was amazed goat cheese could taste SO GOOD! The smooth creamy texture of the cheese paired with the cranberry topping’s tartness gave the subtle savory-sweet fusion a splash of freshness. Sprinkled chopped pecans was added which gave this tartlet great texture and heightened flavor with a nutty boldness. A wonderful crunchy contrast to its creamy interior. From that very moment, I was hooked! It was served as a starter but I can surely see it served as a dessert in which I plan to make to give my Thanksgiving a twist from the traditional cheesecake!
Clockwise: Chocolate walnut layer cake | Goat cheese pecan tartlets | Pumpkin pecan swirl cheesecake | Raspberry walnut cobbler
All-in-all, each of the 11-part menu was absolutely amazing!! So good, I cannot wait to settle in my Arizona kitchen and get cookin’! I highly recommend Butter as one of NYC’s top restaurants. It’s a MUST-TRY.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation about my experience dining at Butter and sampling the Fisher tasting menu written by me. The opinions and text are and will always be my own.