I can’t believe it’s been three amazing years of blogging on Busy In Brooklyn. Happy Blogoversary!
When I started my little kosher blog back in 2011, I never imagined that so many people would care to see what I’m cooking in my modest Brooklyn kitchen. But no matter how simple the recipe, you cheered me on and encouraged me to keep at it. And that’s exactly what I did. I cooked my heart out and poured love and attention into each and every blog post. Your emails and comments fueled my desire to reach for the heights. So I took a photography class, read countless books, and practiced and practiced some more. Then, in what will go down in history as one-of-the-best-birthday-gifts-of-all-time, my husband signed me up for the Culinary Arts Program at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts. The classes opened my eyes to fundamental cooking techniques and my palate, to international flavors.
The past year has truly been a whirlwind. I’m still pinching myself! I attended kosher culinary school, had a baby, won a cooking contest, appeared on TV, had recipes featured on Yahoo, The Daily Meal & The Kitchn, tripled my blog traffic, and had recipes go viral on Pinterest (4,525 pins!).
And none of this would have happened were it not for you guys – my awesome readers! Readers who email me pics of their family sitting around the dinner table eating my recipe, readers as far as Australia who stop my sister in the street to tell her how much they love my blog, and readers who email, comment or Facebook me to tell me how much they enjoy my recipes.
From the bottom of my heart – thank you, thank you, thank you!
Now before I get all sappy on you guys, lets stop talking and start eating!
I was so excited when La Brochette, the new kosher steakhouse in Midtown, invited me over for an exclusive dinner to celebrate my Blogoversary. After hearing about their amazing sushi bar, extensive wine and cocktail menu as well as their exclusive selection of aged meats, I couldn’t wait to try it out! I brought along my partner-in-food, and all around great guy, my husband, Yossi.
La Brochette boasts a multi-level space with separate areas for parties and special occasions. Their VIP room is ideal for business meetings, but will soon offer an exclusive tasting menu. Their SKY room, fittingly painted in blue, is adorned with a large skylight and seats 35. Another private room with a separate entrance is available for private gatherings (someone recently rented the space to propose).
Marina, the lovely hostess walked us to our table, and Samuel, our waiter suggested that we begin with some drinks. We couldn’t agree more, after all, we had some serious toasting to do! The upside-down daiquiri and classic pina colada were refreshing, with just the right amount of alcohol to keep us happy (but not too drunk) throughout the night.
After looking over the menu extensively, we decided to ask our waiter to make some recommendations. Samuel was extremely well-versed in the preparation of each and every dish and helped us decide on the stand-out dishes. We started with the Spicy Tuna Dip from the sushi menu – a mix of fresh tuna, avocado, tempura crust & wonton chips. I have to admit that I am not usually a fan of raw fish but the dish was refreshingly light with no fishy aftertaste. We also had the Beet Napoleon with a bright citrus dressing – beautifully plated and tasted as good as it looked!
Samuel highly recommended that we try the La Brochette Sampler, a platter for two that gives you a taste of almost all the appetizers on the menu. It includes the La Brochette (Wagyu beef, red wine glazed pearl onions, pepper, cherry tomatoes and chimichurri sauce), Short Rib Spring Rolls (bourbon marinated short ribs, fine chopped herbs served with BBQ ranch sauce), Crispy Veal Sweetbreads (tempura sweetbreads drizzled with balsamic reduction and served with olive tapenade) and Peking Duck Confit in an orange sauce. At $36, this dish is priced just right and is a must-have on the menu. Each appetizer was better than the next, we could hardly pick a favorite.
For the main course, my husband is a meat guy, so he went straight for the steak menu. La Brochette boasts a wide variety of steaks, including skirt steak, center cut ribeye, La Brochette filet, prime filet, steak au poivre, black angus, marinated hanger steak, prime rib on the bone and signature cut La Brochette reserve. He chose the Prime Rib on the Bone with a side of mixed seasonal vegetables and sauteed wild mushrooms. I went with one of the night’s specials – veal chops with mushroom sauce and a side of whipped garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. My veal chop was cooked to absolute perfection. I would even venture to say that it was probably the most perfectly cooked veal chop I have ever had. My husband was equally pleased with his rib steak, as well as his choice of sides.
My only critique at this point of the meal was that the chef garnished almost every dish with red amaranth. It’s pretty, I admit. But it’s repeated use looked tacky.
We didn’t have much room left, but this was a celebratory dinner after all, and what’s a celebration without dessert? So onto our final course, I ordered the pareve cheesecake, while my husband went with the apple crisp – his favorite. While the plating was beautiful, and the garnishes delicious, I found the cheesecake to be extremely unpalatable and sent it back. My husband was equally displeased with his dessert as the apple crisp did not really have any “crisp” at all. It was a ramekin filled with sweet minced apples, but lacked the wonderful texture and flavor of a crisp topping. To make up for our disappointments, the kitchen sent over some tiramisu which quickly assuaged our feelings about the dessert menu – it was perfect!
In honor of BIB’S Blogoversary, La Brochette is giving away a FREE DESSERT to one of my readers! If you live in, or around New York, or you’d like to come in to experience La Brochette for yourself, enter for your chance to win a free dessert!
I’d like to extend my thanks to Avi Cohen, La Brochette’s owner, for inviting me to celebrate my blogoversary with them. And to Marina, for being such a gracious host. I hope to see you again soon!
La Brochette Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
340 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016.
Telephone: (212) 972-2200
Please note: while I was comped for my meal at La Brochette, all opinions are my own.