Excellence at Gunter Seeger

We did the eight course tasting menu at Gunter Seeger and the entire experience was so lovely. When approaching tasting menus there is usually an element of style, design and art involved and at Gunter Seeger you can expect top marks on that. The food itself was absolutely delicious with an amazing wine list. We shared a bottle of reisling from Austria (the name escapes me which I regret) that I am trying to find this bottle in my local wine stores to this day! The service is above and beyond with close attention to detail. The space itself is lovely with a quiet ambiance, more than enough space to move around, and a 10 person chef’s table in the back that overlooks the kitchen. Gunter Seeger is worthy of a celebration meal or maybe even a treat yourself because you deserve it meal!

Heirloom Beet Tart

Heirloom Beet Tart

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Petit Fours

Petit Fours

Favorites:

  1. Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus- this gives you a nice refreshing lift midway through the menu and I loved the smokiness!

  2. Four sensation oasis farm egg- this egg is fabulous and frothy. The textures will give you of a “home comfort” feel when eating. It’s also paired with a gorgeous slice of bread (not pictured here) so you can scoop out the shell because trust me you will want to.

  3. Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle- fantastic pairing of quail and artichoke. The cook on the artichoke especially is impressive. The artichoke just melts in with the quail which I loved especially given how it is not easy to execute artichoke.

Best Bougie Tastings for Under $100

In a city like New York you can expect your meal to cost as much (and sometimes even more) than your rent. But you're young, you need good Instagram pictures and you're tired of eating Thai every weekend. So what do you do? You look up interesting dining options in NYC and two words, "Tasting Menus" comes up. 

Should you splurge for that $200 without tax/tip/drinks meal? Well yeah you could but let me save you that extra $100. Here are my three favorite tasting menus that are worth every penny.

1. Contra

From left to right: Fresh bread and butter/    Oyster, caviar and almond/Carrot, uni, sabayon and truffles/Veal breast, celery and apple/Lobster, radish and burrata/Short rib, treviso and raspberry/Vanilla parfait and rangpur lime curd/Coconut, tangerine and olive oil

From left to right: Fresh bread and butter/Oyster, caviar and almond/Carrot, uni, sabayon and truffles/Veal breast, celery and apple/Lobster, radish and burrata/Short rib, treviso and raspberry/Vanilla parfait and rangpur lime curd/Coconut, tangerine and olive oil

Favorites

The fresh bread and butter made by co-owner, Fabian von Hauske (extra $3) is a knockout. It is the perfect opening to the meal and you'll be tempted to eat the butter on its own. 

Uni with roasted carrots, truffles and sabayon (light custard). I'm a firm believer that if uni is in a dish, it is instantly the star. I was so wrong. I can still remember the candied carrots and how delighted my mouth was to explore how uni and truffles can elevate something so simple like a carrot.

Contra offers a daily changing 5 dish tasting menu that costs $67. So if you're in need of an adventure. GO! 

2. Salinas

From left to right:     Anchos Jardinera, smoked chicken croquetas and queso mozarabe/Butternut squash, blue cheese, baby kale, toasted seeds with Chardonnay vinaigrette/Spicy shrimp and fish empanadas/Oyster in creme fraiche with tuna tartare/Popcorn crushed baby octopus, spicy pepper squid ink aioli and preserved lemon/Grilled yellow fish tuna skirt steak/Squid ink pasta with shrimp/Grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, judion beans with a vinegar reduction/Pistachio ice cream, crushed nuts and dark chocolate. 

From left to right: Anchos Jardinera, smoked chicken croquetas and queso mozarabe/Butternut squash, blue cheese, baby kale, toasted seeds with Chardonnay vinaigrette/Spicy shrimp and fish empanadas/Oyster in creme fraiche with tuna tartare/Popcorn crushed baby octopus, spicy pepper squid ink aioli and preserved lemon/Grilled yellow fish tuna skirt steak/Squid ink pasta with shrimp/Grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, judion beans with a vinegar reduction/Pistachio ice cream, crushed nuts and dark chocolate. 

Favorites

Popcorn crushed baby octopus, spicy pepper squid ink aioli and preserved lemon was the 5th course to be served and somehow I had the room to eat every bit of it. Squid ink aioli deserves to be on everything but pair it with lemon, crushed almonds, octopus and lemon and you have the perfect seafood bite. 

Salinas has the best cooked tuna steak I've ever had. The sear on the steak is nice and caramelized while the fish is still tender and juicy. 

Salinas is the best Spanish style tapas you'll find in the city at three amazing price points and the dishes are served family style (shared by the table). The options are as follows: $65 (8 courses), $80 (12 courses) and $95 (14 courses). Eat a light lunch before coming here. I could barely make it to my Uber after dinner.

3. The Musket Room

From left to right: Wild goose oysters with smoked vinaigrette, grapefruit and finger lime/ Ora King salmon, oil, seed, and herbs/Quail, blackberries, bread sauce and roasted onions/Cantebury angus, eggplant and Sauce Americaine/Grapefruit and dill/Carrot cake, curd and chai. 

From left to right: Wild goose oysters with smoked vinaigrette, grapefruit and finger lime/ Ora King salmon, oil, seed, and herbs/Quail, blackberries, bread sauce and roasted onions/Cantebury angus, eggplant and Sauce Americaine/Grapefruit and dill/Carrot cake, curd and chai. 

Favorites

My only complaint is that I wish I had more quail. The quail paired with blackberries almost reminded me of Thanksgiving (but classier, of course). The bread juice was a nice way to add moisture to the dish since quail can be dry.

Can you tell how amazing the Cantebury angus dish is from my picture? I think you can tell that the sear was perfect. The angus was cooked medium rare and seasoned well. Pro tip: when you have good quality meat, the seasoning is merely icing on the cake. 

The Musket Room offers a 6 course tasting with the option of an all vegetarian tasting for $85. If you've always wanted to see New Zealand, consider getting a taste of it first here!