On St. Patricks day, Ken and I fell asleep during the afternoon and didn’t wake up until much later in the evening. We were hungry and decided to try and get a cab and grab a bite to eat at Tertulia, a restaurant on 6th Avenue that we’ve been interested in sampling since it opened. Getting transportation on Saturday was much more difficult than expected (we couldn’t believe how many people were out celebrating!) but we grabbed a cab and made it into Tertulia right before the kitchen closed. The menu looked really good and we decided to try a bit of everything.
We started with the small bites of pig cheek, quail egg, and pepper on toast:
A quick bite with a great combination of a creamy yolk and salty pig cheek. We both enjoyed the bite and I wished it could have been served as a meal, instead of just a bite!
Our second plate – black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep’s milk cheese and aged balsamic:
My favorite dish of the evening: the anchovies were salty and mixed well with the acidic tomatoes and balsamic – absolutely delicious!
We ordered the special of the evening: razor clams sauteed with bacon and parsley:
Another good dish – we both love razor clams!
Ken enjoyed the ibérico ham croquettes with membrillo:
But I didn’t like the combination of the quince paste with the salty ibérico ham bite.
We also ordered another special: chicken wings with a buttermilk sauce:
The chicken wings were really good but the buttermilk sauce/dressing was tasteless and I didn’t like the pomegranate combination, either.
Our last dish was the sepia with trumpet mushrooms, spring onions, and cashews:
Not a fan of the sepia (which is part of the cuttlefish family) but the fiddlehead ferns were a nice crunchy veggie that I haven’t had since eating at Babbo a very long time ago.
Neither of us really enjoyed our dinner at Tertulia (and we thought the service was particularly drab, with our server who reminded us of Thomas from Downton Abbey…in a bad way). The restaurant was pretty over-rated (or over-hyped) in our opinions.