Restaurant Week 2013 Take Two took us to The Capital Grille on Wall Street for a large family dinner. We were originally a table of 16 people but it went down to a table of 10 by the time our reservation rolled around. I give The Capital Grille a lot of props for being able to take a reservation of 16 on OpenTable and for putting up with our constant reservation changes. When we arrived, we were led through the dining room, up the stairs and into a very private room just for us. We were seated with the Restaurant Week menu as well as the regular menu, which doubles as a wine list. The wine list is huge! Beware though, they do run out of some more popular wines during Restaurant Week. We wanted to try their Moscato, but they didn’t have that. Then I switched to an Alsace Riesling, which they were also out of. Our waiter recommended another Riesling for the same price and it was pretty good! At the end of our meal we noticed that they had comped our bottle of wine!
We all ordered off the Restaurant Week menu, which offers three options for appetizers. I went with the Clam Chowder, which was the perfect portion. It came in a small bowl that I was able to finish completely. Often times, when it comes to creamy soups, I’m never able to finish my entire bowl. The clam chowder here was creamy, there was no sand, and I even found a lobster claw!
They have a lot more options for the entree part of the menu – five choices with three of them being beef options. I went with the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry-Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter. At 14oz., this was the biggest steak on the Restaurant Week menu. I knew I wanted this steak the moment I saw it on the menu online and it definitely did not disappoint! I love how the Wall Street branch of The Capital Grille doesn’t have a surcharge for ordering the sirloin, unlike it’s Chrysler Building counterpart. The steak itself was cooked to the right temperature and the dry-age really gave it so much flavor. I have to say this is definitely one of the best steaks I have ever had.
You have a choice of two accompaniments – Sam’s Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. Our waiter brought out several large portions of each so we could share instead of each ordering our own small side. I thought the mashed potatoes were absolutely amazing – they were buttery and creamy without being thick. The creamed spinach was also quite good but the mashed potatoes were definitely my favorite!
For dessert, the Boyfriend and I each got a different one so we could split. He had the Classic Creme Brulee, which was pretty good. There was some fresh fruit on top that complimented the sugary custard. I had the Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, which was a bit disappointing. The cake was very dense and too sweet. Usually, the sweetness of chocolate and the bitterness of espresso would balance each other out but this one was just too sweet.
Overly sweet desserts aside, I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Capital Grille. We had a very nice setting to enjoy our dinner. Our room was so secluded and our waiter came in and out at just the right moments. He was super professional with the wine issue and even let me try out the new one before we agreed on it. Our waiter even asked us if the white napkins were okay or did we want darker napkins! The Capital Grille did not disappoint at all, despite the fact that all 10 of us ordered off the Restaurant Week menu.