Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar is a Must Try
You see the man in the picture above? He’s a freaking great chef. My dinner at Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar was so good, that my mouth is watering right now. Reservations are highly recommended. Read all the way through to read about my perfect dessert.
It’s very tiny and cramped, very similar to Degustation, which Jack Lamb, also owns, though I prefer the food the oyster bar. My date and I shared every dish so that we could try everything and our night looked as follows:
-Six Oysters Two Ways: one with pickled watermelon, one with citrus and micro greens
-Potato wrapped grilled octopus with pureed avocado, red onion, micro greens and chili oil
-Butter poached lobster with horseradish jus, spaetzle and micro greens
-Clams with tomato and chorizo with bread
-Crispy sweetbreads with pureed tomato, cucumber yogurt and dried olives
Nothing was heavy at all from the butter poached lobster to the crispy sweetbreads. Everything tasted clean and balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by the oysters because my favorite way to eat them is with just a little bit of lemon juice, but the way Chef Brendan created this dish, brought out that salty flavor more than anything. I could have eaten his raw bar all night. But what I really want to talk about is the dessert. This might sound weird, but here it goes, the dish wasn’t mind blowing. It wasn’t like a decadent chocolate dessert where you take a bite and shout ‘Ohmigod.’ What is it was, was a dish that I thought about all night because it was a perfect dish. Perfection on a plain white plate. It was a wonderfully crispy ricotta beignet with salted yogurt and lavender infused strawberries with basil. Everything had a reason to be on that plate. That dish would not have been complete without all of those ingredients. When you took a bite, you could taste everything put into the dish. It was heaven.
One complaint about the restaurant? I sat at the bar which encased the kitchen and my hair and newly cleaned dressed reeked of food. I did not feel very sexy afterwards.
9 out of 10…would have been an 8…but that dessert sealed its rating
101 2nd Ave, New York 10003
(At 6th St)