Love Lobster…hold that thought. I recently caught up with some friends and business partners for dinner. One of our friends husbands went to school with Iron Chef Marc Forgione (fellow UMASS alumni:) and was able to get us a table at his namesake farm to table spot in Tribeca.
As we caught up over Bourbon and Tequila Old Fashioned’s it was nice to see these faces in a soft candlelit like lighting vs the glare of a Zoom/Teams/WebEx (shameless plugs) call. The chef sent us out some amuse bouche to whet our appetites. Devils on Houseback (dates wrapped in bacon) and Laotian Sushi roll (Fluke wrapped around sticky rice). A taste of things to come.
The chef’s signature dish is his Chili Lobster with Texas Toast and we all ordered it for our appetizer. He created it after a trip to SouthEast Asia based upon his love of the spicy crab dishes he fell for there. He Americanized it by substituting Lobster as his crustacean and replacing rice or noodles with thick cut toast to mop up his bisque like sauce with a secret ingredient (Sriracha his fave hangover cure) to give it a hint of heat. It literally was one of the, if not thee best Lobster dishes any of us ever had. To say it is memorable is an understatement.
While there are a number of entrees to choose from a couple of our group went with his signature Chicken under a Brick dish, while most of us went for the Halibut. While perfectly cooked…it is the rich and decadent sauce the menu simply refers to as “Proposal” with hazelnuts and golden raisins in a cream sauce that lifted it to another gastronomic level.
Being the peak of Apple season for desert we all choose the spiced cake with roasted apples and caramel apple cider ice cream. For some of us it was time for post dinner coffee while others continued on with Mezcal Negronis. Full disclosure…I choose both.
If your looking for a great spot for a group of friends, family, or romantic dinner Marc Forgione hits all the right notes. The restaurant offers outdoor dining as well as indoor dining instituting all the required Covid19 guidelines, tables spaced well apart, plexiglass screens and service a la mask. Add this superior spot to your Best of Tribeca, Best Lobster, Farm to Table and Special Occasion lists.
Marc Forgione is located at 134 Reade Street