44 and X

Midtown west does not stop at 9th Avenue. In fact, when most of the restaurants on 9th are stuffed to the gills with pre-theatre patrons, you can mosy over to 10th Avenue and find a few delicious restaurants. One of these is 44 and X

The restaurant is small but well designed, with many windows and spacious booth seating. In the daytime, the space gets plenty of light and in the evening, there is candlelight and a buzzy, sophisticated atmosphere. This is a great place for a fun dinner with friends, though its a little crowded and crazy for a first date.

Caesar Salad

This Caesar was just what the doctor ordered. Fresh, crunchy romaine lettuce dressed but not drenched in a cheesy, tart dressing. The Parmesan crisp on top was thick and salty – the perfect counterpart to the greens. The croutons were of particular note – thick and crispy with an incredibly intense garlic taste – it really added a savory note to the salad. Caesar salad might be a simple dish, but it is one of my favorites and I would highly recommend it here. 

Short Ribs

My dining companion ordered these and although he inhaled them too fast for me to get a bite, he assured me that they were delicious. Not that I would know. 
I need to get some less hungry friends.

Peanut Butter Mousse Cake with Vanilla and Chocolate Malt Ice Creams, Caramel Sauce, and Honey Roasted Peanuts

Remember Oreo Madness? It was this dessert at TGIFriday’s with two ice cream sandwiches that looked like giant Oreos, and it was just the best dessert ever. When TGIFriday’s took it off the menu, part of me died. 
Well, after having htis peant butter mousse, that part of me came back to life. It tasted JUST like Oreo madness – the cool, creamy frozen center, with the texture of marshmallow fluff, but this time with the faint hint of salty peanut butter. The cookie crust was buttery and chocolaty and the caramel sauce was thick, rich and sweet. This was an outstanding dessert.

And the meal, while not outstanding was delicious. Now, be warned, it isn’t cheap – most entrees are around 30 dollars. In fact, I would say the food is slightly overpriced. But sometimes you want convenience, great food, and no tourists. When that’s the case, you are willing to spend a wee bit more. And its worth it to learn that Midtown west doesn’t stop at 9th Avenue.

Comments

  1. JustinM says:

    Thirty dollars for something that wasn't outstanding isn't just slightly overpriced. Crazy Fritos…

  2. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Justin-That is actually so true. Living in midtown has altered my perception of what food should cost…oy vey, what have I become!?

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