Celebrating My Birthday, Part 1: Lunch at Tocqueville


I wanted a restaurant that is elegant, quiet and, of course, with delicious food. Tocqueville was the perfect choice. As I’ve said previously, it’s one of our favorite NYC spots. We’ve been there often for lunch and have never been able to figure out why it’s never busy because aside from the wonderful traits I mentioned, it offers one of the best deals in town: 3 courses for $29. Actually, that should be two great deals as currently there is also a Green Market menu, 3 courses for $39. In both cases, a steal for cuisine of such high caliber! Additionally, the upscale a la carte menu (same as the dinner menu) and a 5-course chef’s tasting are always available.

We did three courses a la carte, each ordered different dishes for each course, and shared everything.

As usual, there was a tasty amuse: Roasted Duck and Chestnut Purée on Toasted Bread.


From the bread selections, THE best Brioche Roll.

Brioche Roll

To start, Michael chose the Creamless Cauliflower Soup which was on both the a la carte menu and 3-course prix-fixe.

Creamless Cauliflower Soup

I selected the appetizer from the Green Market Menu: Squash Terrine with Spaghetti Squash.

Squash Terrine

For the mains, Michael picked the Pan Roasted Wild Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Beets, Pears, Parsley, Baby Brussels Sprouts, and Caraway Bullion.

Pan Roasted Wild Sockeye Salmon

My choice was the Olive Oil Poached Black Bass with Gala Apples, Dill, Caramelized Endive and Fennel, and Tarragon Broth.

Olive Oil Poached Black Bass

Desserts were the Chestnut Napoleon with Candied Chestnuts and Brandy Sorbet for me and a Tasting of Ice Creams for Michael.

Chestnut Napoleon

Tasting of Ice Creams

Everything was perfectly prepared and – no surprise – seriously delicious! Michael had one glass of Pinot Noir.

Though our favorite captain, Miguel, was not in, Alejandro provided the gracious, cordial, and faultless service we have come to expect.

Truly, a lovely birthday lunch.

To see the entire set of photos from this lunch, click here.


2 Responses to “Celebrating My Birthday, Part 1: Lunch at Tocqueville”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Happy belated birthday–glad to read you enjoyed your birthday lunch!

  2. thewizardofroz Says:

    Hi Andrew, Thanks for the birthday wishes! 🙂 Part 2 coming soon. Of course, you know where it took place.

    P.S. If you’ve not been to Tocqueville, you should definitely put it on your dining agenda on one of your visits here.

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