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Kick off 2024 Dining Adventures at Legendary Delmonico’s

Delmonico’s is one of the most important restaurants in NYC’s culinary landscape since its opening in 1837. Almost two hundred years later many regular as well as regular guests are excited about dining experience in this historic landmark. Fun to know is that Delmonico’s is older than the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station or the Brooklyn Bridge. POP Style TV of course had to try it out and our dining experience was very memorable.  Nothing beats excellent service, delicious cocktails and some signature Delmonico’s Steak.

Portrait of Alessandro Filippini

Even upon arrival you can’t help but admire the beautiful triangular building and recognizable sign. There is a portrait of Alessandro Filippini,  once a chef at Delmonico’s,  at the entrance, which instantly brings up a sense of tradition and sentimental longing. We were welcomed by Mr. Darko Matosic, Delmonico’s managing partner and seated at a table with a great view of the whole restaurant.  Menu is very diverse, and there is something for everyone, except there are so many signature and delicious dishes that one visit isn’t enough. However we were extremely satisfied with our selection.

Maine crab cake with potato strings and tarragon dill tartar is very fresh and we dare to say addictive, since besides many famous recipes that came out of this place, this dish alone is worth coming back for. We also shared yellowtail crudo with avocado, walnut and seasoned crispy pearls. Paired with fantastic Portuguese wines we found on the menu, our night started out very well! Sometimes at a steakhouse, you must test out recipes other that steak recipes, therefore we shared Faroe Island salmon and Black Cod, both fresh, and delicious.

To be honest we finished our main course pretty fast because of the anticipation of trying Delmonico’s original Baked Alaska! For those that do not know it is banana gelato and walnut cake with apricot jam created in Delmonico’s kitchen in 1867. Yes, it is worth the hype. Dessert plate was cleared very fast. Well know New York City pastry chef, Miro Uskokovic has tweaked this famous since which is just one more reason to soon go back! He shared the new version on Instagram : “I approached @delmonicosnewyork’s Baked Alaska with the utmost respect! This legendary American dessert originated in this restaurant in 1867. I wanted to preserve the beautiful history behind this dessert but give it a slightly modern touch. The flavor profile of banana, walnut, and apricot is maintained, but the recipes and proportions of the components are adjusted to balance the sweetness of this dessert. I also love the new, more contemporary plating. I hope you do, too!”

Baked Alaska Delmonico's

Baked Alaska

When Delmonico’s reopened in September of 2023 , we had a pleasure of meeting Max Tucci, partner and global brand officer as well as media personality. He is the author of the cookbook, The Delmonico Way,  Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York but in this context most importantly the third generation running this landmark restaurant. Almost 100 years ago his grandfather saw 56 Beaver Building and knew that it should not be knocked down. He took over and made Delmonico’s brand and legacy.

“ My grandfather, my father, my Aunt Mary, and my grandmother did everything to keep Delmonico’s alive throughout decades. Remember my grandfather bought this building in 1925 and started a speakeasy and then kept the tradition of Delmonico’s alive. And so for me opening today was really remembering what my grandfather said: all are welcome at my table. And so that’s what today means to me, welcoming back New York, welcoming back the world. And not only am I the third generation partner, I’m also the global brand officer. So it’s about bringing really the world back to Delmonico’s and opening up those double doors. And like my grandfather, Oscar Tucci, said, All are welcome to my table. So that’s what today means. It’s about family. It’s about friends, and it’s about moving forward and looking back.”

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Delmonico’s

Steak-lovers and all other kinds of lovers will enjoy Delmonico’s newly announced Valentine’s Day Dinner menu available for one-day only, February 14, 2024. This new four-course menu features favorites from the restaurant’s buzzy new menu as well as new specialty items to celebrate the ultimate February date night. Guests will enjoy dishes such as Oysters (Osetra Caviar, Bonito, Pearl Pepper); Hamachi Crudo (Taramasalata, Blood Orange Ponzu, Dill); Smoked Beef Tartar (Kumquat, Asian Pears, Pinenut, Oyster Sabayon); Beet Risotto (Pistachio, Comte, Shiso); Lobster Newberg (Cognac, Tarragon, Lobster Coral); and of course, several cuts of steak including Filet Mignon (10oz, Allen Brothers Angus, SD0; Eye of Delmonico (12oz, Brant Family Farms, CA); Our Signature Delmonico (18oz, Brant Family Farms, CA); Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye (+$30 Supplement – 22oz, Demkota Ranch, SD); Porterhouse for Two (+$100 Supplement – 40oz, Demkota Ranch,SD); among other dishes to choose from. The meal concludes with a choice of delectable desserts including a new twist on a classic favorite: A Valentine’s Day Baked Alaska, but this time Banana Gelato, Walnut Cake, and Apricot Jam. The cost is $195++ per person.

NYC Restaurant Week with a NYC Classic

For those who are looking for a classic NYC meal this winter, Delmonico’s is also participating in NYC Restaurant Week 2024. From Tuesday, January 16th through Sunday, February 4th, guests can enjoy a weekday lunch, Sunday brunch or dinner for $60 per person (participation of the entire table is required). A special way to enjoy some of Delmonico’s most iconic dishes, diners can enjoy plates such as the restaurant’s famous Chopped Wedge Salad (Iceberg, Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion, Kikorangi Blue, Prosciutto Chips, Yuzu Honey Vinaigrette);  Yellowtail Crudo (Avocado, Walnut, Crispy Pearls Seasoned Shoyu, Shiso); Chicken a la Keene (English Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, Piqullio, Creamy Sherry Sauce); Signature Delmonico (18oz, Brandt Family Farms, CA Served with Pomme Puree or Creamed Spinach); Dry Aged Bone in Ribeye (22oz, DemKota Ranch, SD); and Delmonico’s Original Baked Alaska (Banana Gelato, Walnut Cake, Apricot Jam Created in Delmonico’s Kitchens in 1867); among other favorites.

Behind the Scenes Brunch

Join Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast and Delmonico’s third-generation partner, Max Tucci, for a private brunch at behind-the-scenes tour of Delmonico’s on February 17, 11:30am. Offered through Bowery Boys Walks, this special intimate tour and dining experience begins with a tour through the historic restaurant with Tucci who will share reminiscences, family history, and stories of growing up as the grandson of the 1920s owner, Oscar Tucci. The tour is followed by celebratory Prosecco and specially selected Delmonico’s classics including Eggs Benedict and the famed Delmonico burger along with a selection of pastries, and a dessert of the all-time Delmonico classic, Baked Alaska, served at the restaurant since 1867. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.

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