The Ultimate Salad

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Cocoon – Cannes, FR

With its warm goat cheese pastry wrapped in a wonderfully flaky filo dough and caramelized apples on top, it’s more like a dessert than it is a salad I suppose, but with such fresh greens and tomatoes, it somehow manages to pull itself back out of the pigeon hole and land firmly in the middle of magnifique!

L&W Oyster Co. – New York, NY

As I may have stated before, I’m not a huge fan of fried oysters. I much prefer them in the raw or roasted state. In fact, there’s only one other place that has ever made we swoon over the fried variety, Pearl Oyster Bar. But hats off to L&W, because this salad is so good- so beefed up with unsalad-like ingredients that you might even question if it’s a salad. But then again, why spoil the mood?

Three Square – Venice, CA

By now I’m guessing you’re starting to see a theme here as not one of these salads are a usual suspect, but that’s not to say that I don’t appreciate a good, all vegetable salad. I do. But when you compare that to the likes of a perfectly cooked, medium rare rib-eye, sliced over mesclun, with crumbled goat cheese, grapes and roasted pine nuts- there’s no contest!

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The Norwood Club

241 W 14th St. New York, NY 10011 norwoodclub.com

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You have to be a member or know one to get in, from what I understand. Similar in that way to the Soho House, which many people seem to compare it to. That said, I find the comparison odd, as they call this the much more laid back of the two. Which naturally begs the question, how formal is the Soho House? Because I didn’t find The Norwood to be that laid back at all. And now having since been to the Soho House as well, I can honestly say that they are two sides of the same coin. So, if exclusivity is your thang, both will do handsomely.

Now, when I say “exclusivity,” and “not laid back” please don’t read between the lines and think I mean stuffy or snooty. But laid back it’s not. It’s decorated to the nines with beautiful art and priceless, restored moldings and pieces furniture that were painstakingly obsessed over by a task force of interior designers down to the very last detail. If you want laid back go to Hogs and Heifers.

Service was great and as for food and drinks, I can’t really say anything was truly that special with the exception of the sugar bacon. Which is deadly. I had to hold myself back from scarfing down an entire tray full.

But beyond the passed hors d’oeuvres, there was one other dish worthy of mention- the fried oyster salad app. Quite good. So, between the fried oysters and the sugar bacon, I obviously ate light. Luckily large sodas are banned in the city, so I’m not quite a two-seater just yet.

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L & W Oyster Co.

254 5th Ave. New York, NY 10001(212) 203-7772 • landwoyster.com

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I literally hate writing this review, because the more praise this place gets, the harder it’s going to be to get in.

But, I have to give credit where credit is due, and man is it due. LOVE this place (hard to believe it’s related to Almond, which is an ugly step sister compared to to L&W). The decor is quaint, yet contemporary. Fun, with a touch of cool. Service is usually great. And the Lobster BLT is insanely good. Possibly the best sandwich in the area, and that’s saying a lot with so many great sammys in the Flatiron. I think it’s the Sriracha. The Short Rib sandwich is also good, but only with addition of hot sauce. Otherwise it falls far shorter to its lobster brethren. Too much of one note. Oh- and even the little side of mustardy cous cous with dried cranberries is excellent.

On other visits I have to say they do some pretty incredible salads as well. Like their fried oyster salad and an inventive take on a Caesar, using frisee and brussel sprouts as opposed to romaine- just awesome.

They also do a great job of serving up some wonderfully fresh raw oysters. And at dinner they have a killer octopus app with saffron that I highly recommend.

The beer on tap is solid. Granted a small selection, but solid nonetheless.

The only hiccup they have going is dessert. The apple cobbler is soggy- zero crunch, which is a cobbler must IMO. And the chocolate brownie was just eh, quite literally Pret’s brownie blows it away. That said, at dinner they fare much better. The sorbet and sticky toffee cake are both pretty good, but they are still not at the level of everything else.

So close to five knives, but my advice to you, skip dessert and you’ll be VERY happy. My advice to L&W, hire a new dessert chef.

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