Stepping into Delmonico’s is like taking a step into an episode of Blue Blood. Blue Blood is occasionally filmed there so you in fact are. The oak finishes and vaulted ceilings takes you back in time to the early 19th century when the restaurant was built. The food is equally rich in culture and taste.
As an appetizer I had the mushroom risotto. Packed with mushroom and truffle flavor, the risotto was rich and creamy and one of the best I’ve ever had. I made it a point to try all the signature dishes while there so as my main course I had their Delmonico Steak, a must-have according to the lovely wait staff. I am not a big meat eater and the sheer size of the steak as it came out of the kitchen (20 oz.) almost killed me.
The braised short ribs at the next tables looks tender and about to fall off the bone. I probably would have been much happier with that but it was my mistake and I should’ve known that I wouldn't have properly enjoyed a steak. I ended up leaving about 5 oz. of it on my plate when they took it away. Steaks are a man's food and I just can't keep up.
Delmonico claims to have invented the Baked Alaska. The meringue on the outside was so thick and luscious. The velvety meringue encased a scoop of banana ice cream that sat on top of a biscuit. The whole thing swam in a pool of crème anglaise dotted with apricot sauce. It was honestly such a unique and tasty dessert. The textures of Baked Alaska was an experience in itself and the crunch of the biscuit was a winner.
If you’re looking for something new and fresh, this wouldn’t be the place to go. However, if you’re looking for a traditional steak house meal, Delmonico’s should be close to the top of your list. They’ve been doing things the same way here since 1837.