The other day I was feeling blue. Between the raw weather and the gloomy news, I really needed a pick-me-up. In general, I am not much of a caviar fanatic but I was craving something luxurious; and nothing is more so than caviar. So I decided to go for it and treat myself to brunch at Petrossian.
It's located in the famed Alwyn Court building at 58th and 7th and it is the one of the preferred places to go for caviar. They offer a $31.00 three-course brunch on the weekends and a $28.00 lunch during the week. The décor of Petrossian is decidedly old New York and while it has been remodeled, nothing about it feels modern.
|This was my first time at Petrossian and I didn’t really know what to expect. Although the fact that it was eerily empty during brunch-time did not leave me with high hopes. As soon as I soon discovered that their bread was homemade and that the brunch menu included Transmontanus U.S.A. farmed caviar as an appetizer for a $16.00 supplement, I immediately felt better; and hungrier. Caviar, which is usually served as a garnish or a spread (in case you were afraid to ask), is basically fish roe. Besides offering an excellent selection of caviar, Petrossian has other tasty options on the menu such as a smoked fish platter and eggs benedict with smoked salmon and/or steak.
Two popular types of caviar are black caviar from sturgeon and red caviar from salmon. Fish stocks are dwindling, so as a result wild sturgeon caviar is globally banned. Petrossian was one of the first distributors to work with sturgeon farms on an alternative caviar. The caviar at brunch was served in a generous portion over a fluffy blini with crème fraiche. The combo can’t be beat. In case you're still intimidated, a few doors down from the restaurant they do have a casual café where they sell caviar and baked goods.
Petrossian, 128 West 58th Street, (212) 245-2214
|Clockwise from top left: Outside and Inside Petrossian; Bread and butter.|
|Bagel and smoked fish platter.||Apple batons for dessert.|
|Grilled hanger steak fried egg & crushed herbed potatoes, port wine reduction.||Eggs benedict with smoked salmon.|
|Caviar on a blini with creme fraiche.||Hot tea.|
|Another place to get your caviar fix is Sable's, located at 1489 Second Avenue. Sable's is an appetizing store that serves up some of the best salads and smoked fish in New York.
It’s especially enjoyable to go there because they are very generous with their samples. It’s even fun to wait on line because it gives you ample time to sample all their smoked salmons and delectable salads.
|They have a few tables in the store, but it’s really more of a takeout zone. Besides selling a wide variety of black caviar they also sell salmon caviar. A yummy way to ramp up salmon caviar is with this easy recipe: Combine salmon caviar and crème fraiche in whatever ratio you prefer and serve with crackers or blinis. Salmon caviar, while not as sought after, is just as good and will definitely award a much needed pick-me-up that we all crave, sometimes.
Sables, 1489 Second Avenue, (212) 249-6177
|Salmon caviar and all the fixings.||Jar of salmon caviar.|
|Sable's caviar prices.||Caviar to go.|
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