I have been asked by my guy friends lately, “where should I take a date?” There are many options in this city, but I want to focus on one of them – Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar. I was not only blown away by the food, small bites indicative of the restaurant name, but also the intimate setting whilst sitting in front of the open kitchen. With a reasonably priced prix fix menu, 5-course for $55 and 10-course for $80, this place is definitely worth scoring a reservation.
Note: This post will be full of pictures, so make sure to scroll down!
We started with an amuse bouche, which were small bites of goodness. One of these bites was a small pocket of cheese that oozed in the mouth.
Crudo of Hamachi, light, tender, and fresh. Definitely ate this in one bite.
This was their sea urchin and sunchoke panna cotta. The soft texture of the panna cotta with sea urchin melded so well together where I wish I had another one.
I can’t remember what this is but hey, this was very good.
The combination of textures in this dish made it outstanding.
Bite sized but well-fried.
Soft cooked egg…and it’s as good as it sounds and looks. I definitely ate this in 30 seconds.
Foie gras terrine with spring onion and citrus marmalade. The layers of meat with nicely toasted bread was well matched with the citrus.
Oxtail and potato cannelloni, crisp salad, and herb salad and was light and al dente. Oh yes I want more.
Red wine braised short ribs with baby carrots and bruleed cippolini. Seared so nicely and was very tender.
The first dessert portion…
Caramelized torija with grapefruit. Delicious in all the right ways: pudding-esque and not too sweet.
It was definitely a great experience provided the great food, wine, and company (happy birthday Joanne)! Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar is definitely operating top of their game, making it a perfect restaurant to bring someone you care about.
Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar
239 E 5th St
(between 2nd Ave & Cooper Sq)