Cle­ment, Penin­sula New York, USA

Vacations & Travel - - Global dining - By An­thony Gal­lagher

After a quin­tes­sen­tial NYC mar­tini at the midtown Penin­sula’s Bar at Cle­ment, we were ush­ered to our table with ex­cel­lent

5th Av­enue views. Chef De Cui­sine, Bran­don Kida, in­spires seasonal con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can cui­sine that sources the fresh­est north­west in­gre­di­ent and herein our ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins. Kida also gets his hands dirty at the group’s up­state eco-farm, Blen­heim Hill, where they have per­fected the farm-to-table ex­pe­ri­ence. The res­tau­rant’s at­mos­phere is el­e­gant, stylish, and quiet, com­ple­mented by so­phis­ti­cated, dis­creet ser­vice. I start with wa­ter­melon gaz­pa­cho with crab­meat and av­o­cado mousse – a per­fect dose of cool fol­low­ing the swel­ter­ing heat of the day.

My part­ner en­joys scal­lop de­gus­ta­tion with truf­fle, cau­li­flower and lardo. For mains we re­ally love the beef ten­der­loin with net­tles and huck­le­berry and the Cape Cod sea bass with roasted duck broth and maitake mush­rooms. Ex­ten­sive local and in­ter­na­tional wines are paired with each course al­though I stick with my per­sonal favourite – Napa Val­ley Rus­sian River chardon­nay, with its typ­i­cal oak and but­ter flavours. For dessert, we both or­der the straw­berry short­cake and sor­bet, which is amaz­ing, with the overall fresh­ness and ex­quis­ite pre­sen­ta­tion of all dishes out­stand­ing. Drinks fol­lowed on The Penin­sula’s stun­ning rooftop bar, Salon de Ning, a more in­ti­mate rooftop ex­pe­ri­ence with the Penin­sula’s ‘East meets West’ subtle dé­cor ap­par­ent. The dra­matic rooftop ter­race is a favourite amongst New York­ers and trav­ellers alike. penin­sula.com

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