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Michael’s New York Autumn Menu Tasting With Michael McCarty: Course 1

October 5, 2011

Last week, we had the distinct pleasure of tasting the entire autumn menu at Michael’s New York with Michael McCarty and his daughter, Clancy. We sat down to an extensive meal of seven divine courses and worked our way through so many fall flavors and fine, beautiful presentations that we could barely face dessert (although each beautiful sweet somehow managed to seduce us as well). Getting to sit with Big Mike was a true honor. Hearing his feedback on each dish, his attention to detail and respect for the beautiful ingredients, really reveals his philosophy of food: the highest-quality product, impeccable French technique, classic flavor combinations, and a thorough respect for the seasons. It’s going to be a delicious autumn, as you can see, course by course…

Appetizers:

Autumn Squash-Pumpkin Soup, Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranate.

The soup is wonderfully creamy and just a tad sweet, a bowlful of autumn flavors and colors for which and  pomegranate seeds provide a perfect complement. Some observations from Michael: “Love that pomegranate!” “Both squash and pumpkin, can you taste them?” His delight with the entire menu began with the first spoonful of this superb soup.

Grilled Caesar Salad, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan.

Grilling the romaine leaves elevates this classic to a whole new level. The flavors are rich and bold, with the smokiness from the grill adding a delectable savor. Michael, with his unmatched attention to detail, insisted on absolutely crunchy croutons.

Roasted Heirloom Carrot Salad, Fennel, Marjoram, Goat Cheese, Pepitas.

Big Mike exclaimed, “Those gorgeous carrots should be on top of the lettuce so you can see them!” And they will be when you order this dish. But, presentation aside, everyone was wowed  by the rich and surprising flavors.

Local Organic Greens with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette.

Simple, flavorful, tangy, and bright: This palate-cleansing first course was a no-brainer. With great discipline, we passed our plates to the right, allowing each of us to sample all these delightful starters before launching into the next course.

Stay tuned!

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