With much discussion surrounding Clive Palmer’s plan to build the Titanic II, the sequel, if you will, of the famed ship that sank in 1912, I thought it appropriate to pay a visit to Astor Court in the St Regis Hotel in New York City. The restaurant, named for John Jacob Astor IV, founder of the luxury hotel and richest, most famous passenger to die on the Titanic, is a favorite destination of mine and one that I do not visit enough.
With the closing of Adour Alain Ducasse in May 2013, I have not visited the St. Regis for dining, which is a lapse in my judgement since King Cole Bar and the seasonally delicious menu and atmosphere should be enough to keep me in-line and the St. Regis on my radar.
Patron reviews are mixed. Some find the floating lobby décor the antithesis to fine dining, others claim the atmosphere is spot-on for meeting friends or colleagues. Some claim the food is lovely, while others say that it leaves much to be desired despite the seasonal fare.
I decided it was time to pay a visit.
The floating lobby did not bother me in the slightest. If you enjoy sleek, minimalist décor, you will not like the St. Regis. Massive chandeliers, gold trim, blue sky domed ceilings and marble floors with ornate designs are just some of outspoken ornaments of the hotel lobby.
Personally, I love it, because it transports me out of the “trendy” scene of New York and in to another time. The furniture in Astor Court has been changed since my last visit. Gray plush chairs replaced the traditional furniture style that made Astor Court feel like a parlor, in my memory. Regardless, I felt very comfortable and at home.
The food selection was impressive. I was given a Tea Menu, a Lunch Menu and a Children’s Menu. Initially I was going to have Afternoon Tea. Lady Astor’s Tea contains selections which include sandwiches of egg salad, cucumber, lobster and Scottish smoked salmon. Desserts such as chocolate mousse and Lemon Tartelette round out the experience.
Caroline’s Tea offers sandwiches of Smoked Salmon, Prosciutto, Marinated Shrimp and Roasted Artichoke Hearts, accompanied with fresh baked scones and desserts of New York Style Cheesecake and Pavlova.
Tea Selection is by Palais des Thes, a personal favorite.
Of course, one can expand the experience to include Veuve Clicquot, Caviar or “Tipsy Tea Cocktails.”
Lunch at Astor Court
However, my mind changed from tea to a very early dinner or very late lunch (it was 3:30) when I saw the Astor Court lunch menu.
“Fall White Truffle Selections” was really all I needed to see. Scroll down and discover “Cheese Board,” and I knew where I had to focus my stomach energy.
We decided on a dozen Kumamoto Oysters with the Cheese Board of Robiola Bosina, Manchego, Point Reyes Blue Cheese and White Truffle Honeycomb.
The boys had platters of Chicken Fingers and French Fries one accompanied by an Apple Juice and the other with a Pink Lemonade.
Kids options included a triple decker PB&J, Classic Grilled Cheese, Macaroni and Cheese and Mini Pizzas.
A “Healthy Option” of grilled salmon or chicken is also available but I was not going to waste my breath on that conversation.
For the wine, we went with a Malbec 2016 from Alta Vista Estate in Mendoza, Argentina. While the selection was not my first choice to accompany Oysters, it was definitively the pairing for the Cheese Board.
It is a robustly fruity wine with some spice that paired perfectly with the Point Reyes Blue Cheese and a dab of the White Truffle Honeycomb.
This brings me to the White Truffle Honeycomb.
Wow! If you find yourself with the opportunity to try it, please take my advice and do.
Back on my radar and one of my top picks.
I will be making my way back for some Holiday Cheer!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
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