East 72nd and Park Drive North, New York, NY 212-517-2233, www.thecentralparkboathouse.com
A business associate of Brian's was in town for the weekend with his wife and we took them out for a lovely dinner at the Boathouse. Whenever we entertain, Brian always leaves it to me to choose a place that out-of-towners would like and that would show off our city. Since we're in Manhattan, there's no shortage of impressive places but I like to feature the quieter, less touristy aspects of this city.
This restaurant is definitely pricey and the portions are a bit small. But, the food was delicious and the atmosphere delightful. There's an easy elegance about the place that makes you feel comfortable despite the elegant surroundings. The service was friendly and attentive and, although the dining room was packed, we were not rushed out. We lingered over coffee and dessert before strolling out through the now quiet and peaceful park.
Boathouse Salad with red oak lettuce, herbs and smoked almonds in a Cabernet vinaigrette.
Heirloom tomato salad with English cucumber, kalamata olives, red onion and imported feta cheese
Seared sea scallops with parsley salsa and cherry tomatoes
Roasted Amish chicken with wild rice, charred corn, lingonberries and chicken jus
Roasted Colorado rack of lamb with potato croquette
Halibut with roasted white asparagus
Sour Cream Cheesecake