Many restaurants eschew pampering in favor of edginess or just plain accessibility. Not so at this elegant tasting room in the Jefferson hotel, where the Old World ambience—crystal chandeliers, silk wallpaper, a crackling hearth—exudes luxury.
Thanks to a team of obliging servers and sommelier Jennifer Knowles, who’s eager to guide guests through her leather-bound tome, the place manages to avoid feeling stiff.
Chef Ralf Schlegel’s tasting menus suit the surroundings. There’s foie gras and truffles, yes, but also seared Wagyu beef alongside a lush bowl of salsify velouté and wild salmon slow-poached in a blanket of beeswax (sounds strange, but it gives the fish silkiness).
Whether you opt for deftly crafted desserts or a sampling from the cheese cart is up to you, but even fans of the latter shouldn’t forgo a plate of artful chocolates, bestowed on each departing table.
- Diver scallops with brown butter
- Lobster gratin
- Deer saddle with a chestnut steamed bun
- “Everything chocolate” tasting