Chow I Have a Crush
posted by May 23 at 10:16 AMon
I went to Crush for the first time last night and I am smitten.
Crush inhabits two floors of an old house (on Madison at 23rd) and is paradoxically roomy and comfortable and modern and chic. The waiter was charming (as was the water) and pleased to have the kitchen accommodate my weird dietary restrictions. And the food… gorgeous presentations and dreamy textures and flavors through three courses, including a superlative quartet of giant scallops flash-seared on one side (perfectly tender one centimeter in) on a bed of rich sweet onion risotto. My finicky family ate wild-mushroom gnocchi, crispy-skinned wild salmon on a fennel purée, an incredibly rich and tender leg of duck, and a sweet course that included a heavenly, custardy bread pudding and a gooey, warm-centered milk-chocolate torte on a caramel crust. We left giddy and satiated.
Right now Crush is part of the “New Urban Eats” dining deal (three courses for $30 Tues-Thurs through the end of May). You should make a reservation.
By the way, did you notice that we’ve added reader reviews to our online dining guide? Get in there and tell us which kitchens you’re enamored with.