30 August 2010

Weekender Lunch: Cafe Ruhlmann

The cool morning crawled into a hot afternoon last Sunday- an idyllic day for Fifth Avenue shopping. After weighing down arms with bags, we slipped into a table at Rockefeller Center's Brasserie Ruhlmann. Although the dining room (bottom image) is a bit frigid in contrast to the adjacent NBC Studios and flapping world flags, the outdoor dining section is pristine and social.

We sipped a bottle of sparkling water while nibbling the house-made bread. For lunch, I chose the blue crab (photo above) with mache salad and honey lime vinaigrette. The crab was extremely fresh, lacking any hint of brine. Julienne granny smith apples highlighted the lump meat's texture and endorsed the summer flavor. My partner requested the salad Ruhlmann with added shrimp. The massive bowl of greens looked to be dominate on radicchio and came with hearts of palm, corn and halved cherry tomatoes. The dish isn't one to knock your socks off, but certainly offers a healthy option for a quick lunch.

While Ruhlmann has mixed reviews online, I feel that is due mostly to the pricing, which is a bit on the high end. However, you're on the cusp of tourist attraction and power lunch venue- it comes with the territory.

Images: TheLuxurySpot, JohnMarinari

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