October 13, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Join me for brunch at the Hickory Lane American Bistro! I know it's almost Halloween, but don't let the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary scare you.
Thanks to my fellow Epicurean for the recommendation! The three brunch menus (Sweet, Savory & Lunch) look yummy. Check out the link below.
What Craig LaBan had to say about Hickory Lane:
"...Good, plump mussels came steamed in a classic garlicky brew of fennel, wine, and butter. The chef’s salad of peppery arugula greens was topped with a hearty shred of good saucisson sec, house-roasted turkey, and tangy, firm cheese.... Perfectly seared scallops came medium rare over silky turnip puree and diced squash, which offered nice textural contrast. Oysters fried in a micro-thin cornmeal crust were perched atop a deceptively spicy rémoulade... the gazpacho, perfectly tanged with sherry vinegar and well-infused herbs, despite the fact that it was completely out of season. When this kitchen’s in its zone, though, presenting simple bistro dishes with quality ingredients, smart accents, and solid technique, it is hard not to see the appeal. A beautifully seasoned pork tenderloin came over super-silky sweet potato puree and swiss chard ringed with a honeyed citrus caramel and garlic oil blushing red with paprika. Seared king salmon was paired with creamy polenta and crackly leaves of aromatic fried oregano. A roasted breast of wing-on chicken, the ultimate neighborhood bistro dish, had tawny crisped skin and a full juicy savor, with creamy Yukon potato puree flecked with green garlic butter. The NY strip, meanwhile, was exceptionally tender and flavorful, basted with herby maître d’butter and rich red wine jus....The power of his patty is simply the best reason to visit Hickory Lane."