New York Guest’s CEO Richard Williams had a meal this week at Millesime, the seafood bistro inside the Carlton Hotel at Madison Avenue & 28th street. Check out his review!
Millesime is the kind of restaurant where it is so good that you want to try everything on the menu and make it your go to place several times each month. Great for couples, wonderful with friends and also a nice place for a business dinner. Everyone will enjoy it.
Everything was first rate at our recent dinner. Décor, ambience, service and, of course, the food were all exceptional. We elected to enter through the lobby of the Carlton Hotel, but the restaurant is also easily accessible directly from Madison Avenue.
We were greeted by a charming talented Maître D’ Samy, who helps you feel like you have just arrived in Paris and are in for a delightful evening. The wonderful main room is warm, inviting, sophisticated and cool at the same time; never felt stuffy or stiff- just perfect, and truly a bistro. We sat in a little alcove with 2 tables for 2 and one table for 4 on the lobby side- it was perfect.
The wait staff was warm and friendly and there when you wanted them but never in the way. Our server, Lahoudine, from what was once French Morocco, was delightful. He was knowledgeable and quick to smile and suggest. The menu is very inviting and the prix fixe meal at $35 is an absolute bargain inNew York.
As for dinner, it was among the most enjoyable I have had in years. I would venture to say it rivaled and even surpassed the meals at Le Bernadin in midtown. We started with perfectly chilled oysters fromNatickand Wellfleet inMassachusetts– with wonderful sauce accompaniments. Next, an interesting twist on tuna tartar – the ingredients for the tartar were individually arranged on the plate and then combined by our waiter tableside. A Caesar salad appetizer was unique: it consisted of a Parmigianno-Reggiano cheese wrapped in romaine lettuce leaves, grilled and then topped with thin slices of opaque smoked black cod. It was wonderful; a larger portion of the cod would make a perfect lunch entrée.
Our entrees were divine – a perfectly sautéed fresh brook trout was devoured to the point where nothing remained. A simply grilled red snapper was among the finest fish I have ever tasted. It was perfectly cooked with a flavor that can only be described as silky and smooth. Accompanied by a grilled tomato with almonds, it made for the best part of the dining experience.
Other items of note were very good dark bread accompanied by a spread of shallots and red wine. The wine list was excellent offering a diverse selection and good values. The dessert selection looked wonderful but we were just too full to partake – we chose instead to linger over another glass of wine and coffee.
Millesime is the place you want to go regardless of the reason – to celebrate, to reward, to relax and most of all to dine on great food in a wonderful atmosphere.