Love in three courses
Kysha Harris | 1/10/2013, 2:05 p.m.
My "secondi" was a little harder to choose. The groom ordered off the menu with salt-crusted branzino and the bride a stuffed pork chop. I too wanted branzino, but the on-menu Branzino alle Mandorle (Mediterranean sea bass encrusted in almonds and served in lemon sauce over sauteed French beans). All I can say is, "Yes!" Gently toasted sliced almonds encrusting moist, seasoned seabass swathed in a delicate butter-lemon sauce that all worked together in perfect harmony--it was kind of a good food metaphor for the happy couple at the other end of the table.
For dessert, I couldn't leave that table without trying the banana cake with brleed bananas, vanilla ice cream and creme anglaise. Heaven! I had to stop halfway through though for fear of passing out in a food coma. Not a good look in mixed company.
Lisa and Doug, congratulations on your union! Thank you for allowing me to witness your joy and play a small part in your day, and for one of the better New York City food days I've had in a while.
I look forward to seeing you two grow wiser ... and funnier ... together forever.
Enjoy, get eating and thanks for reading!
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