I am not a big steak eater, meatloaf is more up my alley, but I must admit the NY Sirloin at Rare is a dish I look forward to a few times a year. It is always cooked the way I like it, medium rare. When combined with some of the fantastic side dishes such as Mac N Cheese, Craime Freche Mashed Potatoes and frizzled Onion Rings you cannot go wrong. Other entrées included Filet Mignon, Short Ribs of Beef and Penne alla Vodka. No one was disappointed. I brought along a magnum of 2007 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul which drank beautifully. 2007 was a monumental vintage in CDP and Usseglio ia a great producer. This bottle had a great sense of place, was balanced and pure on the palate with a lengthy finish. My son-in-laws could not stop raving about (or drinking) the wine. According to RP it is a perfect wine to which he awarded 100 points. Alas I do not agree. $90 for a 750ml. NY Wine Warehouse, NYC.
We both decided on pasta for our main course. Carol had a lovely dish of Rigatoni with an Eggplant Bolognese & ricotta cheese. Sort of like the Sicilian pasta dish, penne all a Norma. She enjoyed every morsel. I ordered Cavatelli with Braised Spring Rabbit, olives and capers. The dish sounded great and looked terrific, but alas the sauce tasted old. Our eager to please waiter quickly replaced that dish with a very nice dish of Bucatini with chills, pancetta & fresh mozzarella. The Bucatini were cooked perfectly al dente and the tomato based sauce was sweet and delicious.
With the pasta I drank a 1997 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo that was superb, thankfully. I say thankfully because myself and others have been finding a lot of inconsistencies with this vintage lately. On 3 previous occaisions in the past few weeks each bottle was badly oxidized. This bottle however had a great sense of place, complexity and balance and a lengthy and elegant finish. I recently opened a bottle of the 1998 vintage of this wine and I am happy to report that it too drank very well. Finding these vintages will be a challenge and expensive. The 2005 vintage which is available and can be found at DeVino Wine, NYC, The Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster, NJ and the NY Wine Warehouse for around $100.
We finished our meal with Homemade Bourbon Glazed Donuts, sort of like Zeppole. They were yummy.