La Brochette provides a kosher (I refer to Jewish dietary laws, not to “a-okay”) conglomeration of juxtaposed steakhouse and Japanese restaurant offerings. Patrons are ensconced within an elegant, intimate, and subdued space which contains a beverage bar and a sushi bar in the front, large metal chandeliers, and elongated lighting fixtures.
The tri-level décor is characterized by sleek lines such as a glass enclosed seating area and beige wall paper. Beige candle holders placed on every table provide a variation on the wall paper’s dominant subtle theme. The ambiance is at once Japanese and “steakish.” (During my sojourn in Japan, I noticed that low key interior color schemes are prevalent there.) The bar’s brown wood resonated with he-man “steakishness.” Appetizers and main dishes are priced within the $19 to $35 price range.
I began a marvelous four course tasting dinner with crusty Italian bread and green-tinged olive oil served in an attractive wooden box. Using the artistic long thin cutlery, I dove into a salad consisting of bib lettuce, shredded carrots, green beans, baby corn, cherry tomatoes and tangy dressing. The white dishes nicely framed the colorful vegetables.
The sushi roll selection was outstanding. It was, to my mind, the best part of the dinner. I stake this claim on the fact that sushi, not steak, is my favorite food. A “La Brochette Sampler” contained moist skewered beef, Peking duck enveloped within a fried dim sum coating, and a crunchy Oriental spring roll oozing with flavorful beef.
The main course, pan seared Chilean seabass filet served with ratatouille, was a gourmet delight. A sinful chocolate mousse and a fruit plate resplendent with honeydew, strawberries, and pineapple were offered for dessert. The mousse, which is “kosher” according to dietary law, is decidedly unkosher in relation to my diet. So, much to my regret, I went easy on the mousse and heavy on the fruit.
Avi Cohen, the owner of La Brochette, deserves a deep Japanese bow and an emphatic Mazel Tov for orchestrating a wonderful grand opening event. All good things, of course, have to come to an end and so too for this enjoyable evening. I left the restaurant with a combined “sayonara” and “shalom.”
“Shalom” means both “hello” and “good-bye.” La Brochette is located around the corner from my apartment. I will be sure to return!
– Marleen Barr
340 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
Images via La Brochette