The holidays may be over but STK still transports you into a winter wonderland. The cozy all-white theme is very Apres Ski and chic and elegant, but still very comfortable and down to earth. In fact I feel as though I am inside the snow globes used as decor on the tables. The outdoor rooftop section also has what feels like a million lights and, paired with the New York City skyline, it doesn’t get more Instagram worthy than that. I also thought the service was great as well. Our waitress Cherrie was so sweet and attentive and made everything seamless for me, who is an especially horrible decision maker.
By her recommendation I got the Cucumber Stiletto, which was delicious and so smooth. It doesn’t lean very sweet, nor boozy, nor too acidic. It is just very bright and crisp.
Not so basic bread-and-butter, this fresh bread is topped with blue cheese and a chive dressing accompaniment. It is such a soft melt in your mouth bread and the extra additions are tasty and add something special.
The maple bourbon bacon was definitely a really great bite of complex flavors. The bacon has a bit of smokiness, a bit of caramelization, but then unexpected burst of flavor from the jalapeno, a little tang from the mustard seeds, and some texture and freshness again with the apple cabbage slaw. A little sweetness, zest, smokiness and heat all in one bite. It was very unique and well executed. Even my guest, who is typically not the biggest bacon fan, loved it, and when she thinks it is a hit I think it’s safe to say it is a winner.
Not all tuna tartares are created equal. This dish is a perfect example of how simple but quality fresh ingredients don’t need to be played with too much and can truly stand on their own. The tuna and avocado were just next level and, while it needs no accompaniment, the sauce it is paired with is just divine. Also in the past I have found the chips that usually accompany tuna tartar to get a little soggy but these stayed nice and crisp and were very enjoyable.
The absolute star of the show. Of course with so much food for such a little girl, you can get pretty full after a while, but I wasn’t going to let a bite of this one go to waste. The filet mignon was perfect. The meat was tender and cooked just right at my preferred medium rare (as you can see, cutting into it I was very happy). Also, it is packed with flavor between the lobster butter and au poivre sauce combo. Some might say it was a little on the saltier side but I wouldn’t change a thing about it, to me it was just delicious.
For a lighter option I definitely would also recommend the Chilean sea bass. The fish was so delicate, moist, and the quality and freshness are also so evident here again. The sauce gives you a little of that sweet note running through it, but I find that with the other elements and bit of saffron it cuts through the sweetness and is, overall, a very balanced dish.
Another surprisingly light recommendation I have is the Mushroom & Truffle Tagliatelle. Unlike most renditions of this dish, it is definitely not heavy or rich which may turn off some people, but to me wasn’t disappointing in the slightest. The pasta was cooked well, and while there isn’t too much sauce, there is definitely a hefty amount of truffle and mushrooms which I think all come together nicely. The one critique I might have would be a touch more salt or cheese, but other than that it is a solid order.
Mashed potatoes and mac and cheese are borderline foolproof options and these two also didn’t disappoint, although you may be surprised at why. Both are relatively simple versions of the classics but I like how the mashed potatoes have the addition of the parmesan crust. It also adds a little texture to the creaminess, a little more pop of flavor since the parmesan almost has like a caramelized flavor. Also the mac and cheese while missing that ooey gooey factor still screams cheesy goodness but in a different way, with the crust being a huge standout and it is overall very tasty.
The cheesecake is a perfect dessert order because it is light and rich at the same time. The berries, coulis, and some flavor in the cheesecake I just can’t quite pinpoint (lemon?) adds a very bright flavor to it. The bag of donuts is also a really fun and whimsical dish with the different sauce options served alongside. The donuts were a little on the dense side but were still very yummy, especially paired with the sauces. I tried them separately and all together – I think all together is my favorite.
Overall I had an excellent dining experience at The Lodge at STK Rooftop and I think STK is an amazing escape during the winter in NYC.
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Because, I always come in theme. I went for a winter white look and added a bold brown lip to add a little pop and edge. I chose brown instead of a red or plum to match the brown boots and to tie in the look together, but almost any accessory and makeup combo can work with a good all white look.