Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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A Trip to the Banc

We went to Banc for dinner in New York. This restaurant was modern with beautiful wood trims and exposed beams. The crowd at Banc is young and vibrant and the menu is made to reflect this. We started the night by ordering the Prosciutto de Parma and Fried Brie appetizer. Prosciutto was an incidental in this appetizer because the main star of the dish was the brie. It was covered in a thick layer of crisp that was crunchy and golden. The cheese on the inside was melted and gooed out. The dish came with a port wine reduction that tasted like a cranberry sauce. This was a perfect condiment to the cheese.
Because it was very cold in New York Alex ordered French onion soup. He loved the soup because it was topped with a thick layer of cheese and bread. Underneath that layer of goodness was a broth filled with sweet and melt-in-your-mouth onions.
For the entree I order the lobster ravioli. The dish was beautiful to look at because the pasta was multi-colored and striped. The ravioli were stuffed with cheese and lobster chunks. The dish also came with shrimp and calamari. The sauce tasted like the juices of the seafood as if the seafood was sauteed and then liquid was added to create a creamy sauce.
Alex ordered the pistachio crusted chicken breast. While he found the chicken to be good, it was too dry. I think it has to do with the fact that the chicken was thin and coated with a thick layer of pistachios.
We were beyond stuffed at this point so we skipped out on dessert. The dessert menu looked great too with items such as molten chocolate cake and oreo cheesecake.

Banc is located on 431 3rd Avenue (corner of 30th Street).

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