Spoiler alert: This is not a low-calorie blog post. When I was invited to a blogger dinner at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District, I had no idea what to expect from the evening, but was almost immediately reminded how decadent French dishes can be. Our servers delivered plate after plate of rich, fattening food to our table of seven.
Noire black truffle pizza. Homemade gnocchi, black truffle pesto filling, truffle sauce. Calamari risotto saffron cake. Steak Au Poivre. And the plates kept coming. We ate and ate until we couldn’t eat anymore if our lives depended on it. Did I mention Chateaubriand? Yes, the classic meat dish for two was on our menu also.
But the biggest surprise of the night came at the very end of our meal: the Birthday Sundae. This dessert was the most epic ice cream sundae I’d ever seen, and surely the largest in Gotham. (This sundae was not listed on the menu, but I read the price is $55.) Even after eight courses and bottles of wine flowing for the duration, I had to take a bite. Wouldn’t you have dug into the mound of goodness too?
But a taste was all my stomach could stand. And unbelievably, even with seven of us scooping vigorously through the layers of ice cream, fudge brownies, cookies, whipped cream and chocolate and salted caramel syrup served stylishly in an oversized martini glass, we barely made a dent.
If you’re not familiar with Bagatelle, the restaurant dons a gorgeous interior. Because the weather was warm, we sat at the edge of the open-air space, so we had a lovely view of the Meatpacking District.
As the night progressed, the lights dimmed and the music loudened. I could see that Bagatelle would become quite a scene –– taking on a nightclub vibe –– later in the evening. Our group left around 11:30 p.m.
|A quick group photo before we left Bagatelle.|
Bagatelle is not for those with a thin wallet, but rather, more extravagant spenders. Prices are on the high side, because, it is in the Meatpacking District, after all. If you skimp on dinner, be sure to save space for that sundae, birthday or not.
1 Little West 12th St
New York, NY 10024