04 February 2013
a lunch at City Cellar
After hitting up the Lululemon warehouse sale and Target on Long Island (things Manhattan denizens do with excitement comparable to kiddos in candy stores when they have a Zip Car) we decided to pause for a quick bite before heading back to the the city.
By Foursquare suggestion, we found ourselves at City Cellar wine bar. The venue boasts a dramatic dining area with transparent green curtains cascading from vaulted ceilings, an over sized wine fridge as a backdrop to the bar and cozy lighting.
Our server brought us warm rosemary and sea salted bread with whipped sweet cream butter to nibble while we perused the menu options. I wouldn't typically mention the bread, but this was superb with a crusty shell and soft and fresh tasting center.
To share, we opted for the Calamari with garlic-lemon aioli and tomato chile sauce and the Kobe beef sliders with Wasabi mayo, aged white cheddar and Togarashi. The calamari came fresh and appropriately firm. The aioli more fitting that the tomato-chile sauce, which tasted more of standard marinara. The sliders were quite excellent with their black sesame seed brioche buns and the meat prepared medium rare.
Albeit a bit of a trek from the city, I'd love to return and explore more of the menu. The venue is a fantastic spot for a date or even a girl's night out.