I have been wanting to go to Petrossian for a long time. I hoped to take my family there when they visited for the holidays, but there were just so many restaurants that they wanted to try that we just did not make the time. Since then, I have been kind of obsessed with the idea of it. I love caviar, and saw on their menu that you can have some taste of it without breaking the bank. It just depends on what you order.
For dinner, I know that they have a caviar feast that costs $100 and an after theater for $60. Looks like a good deal to me!
We decided to go there for a Saturday brunch. They actually have a very affordable prix fix for $34. It includes an appetizer, an entree and a desert. However, the entrees are all brunch food – meaning pancakes and eggs – and we wanted a taste of the fish eggs instead. We decided to try the Petrossian tasting, some salmon egg roes and one of the appetizers of the prix fix, the duck risotto with truffles. We also had bellinis to celebrate the morning… We deserved it!
First came the salmon roes, something that I am actually quite addicted to. I always order a salmon roe sushi when we go to Japanese places. They just explode in your mouth, with that salty and delicious taste. They come with warm blinis and creme fraiche, so you kind of make your own little sandwiches. The silverware is beautiful, and they have sort if a spoon for you to take the roes. The creme fraiche was a little plain, they could have added some salt but I guess they do it that way so you can properly enjoy the salmon roes. It was a great choice, and not at all expensive! 50g goes for $19. It was more than enough for our first taste of the day!
After that, they brought us the Petrossian Tasting ($35). We each ordered one, but we could have shared it, although the small little pieces would have to be cut in half. They bring it in a long plate that looks like a banana leaf, beautifully arranged. Its a sampler of their highlights: Foie Gras Terrine, Salmon & Caviar Beggar’s Purse, Transmontanus Caviar on Mini Blini, and Trout Salad with Trout Roe. The foie gras was delicious, and came with an apricot jam. They bring little toasts for you to eat with it. The transmontanus caviar was amazing, and for a small blinis, the portion was quite advantageous. The trout salad with the trout roe was yummy, although I am not that much of a trout fan. The salmon and caviar beggar’s purse was a cute one. The caviar comes wrapped inside the salmon, really looking like a little purse. Cute and delicious! It is definitely a good choice and you can have a broad overview of what they do best.
After that, we shared the duck risotto. That was incredible! It’s been a very long time since I have tasted such a mouthwatering risotto. After I started to eat my brother’s risottos, I basically gave up on trying them at restaurants. I also became quite good at cooking it too, I must humbly confess. But this was a lovely surprise. It is a Duck Confit Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, Black Truffles & Fines Herbes. Amazing!
The food was great, but the restaurant itself is nothing special. The decor is really oldie and dark, although we went there in the middle of the day. The waiters have no idea what they are doing, did not answer a single one of our questions, so service was really lacking effort. Not what you would expect on such a fancy restaurant. They are also very traditional, so there is no innovation, but that is sort of what you would expect. But the experience was great. I still want to try their dinner tasting one day.
They will be part of Restaurant Week, which will start Feb. 17, so it is a good chance to have an affordable lunch / dinner there soon!
- Environment: ***
- Service: ***
- Food: ****
- Presentation: ****
- Rating: ***
- Price: $$$
Petrossian New York is located at:
182 West 58th Street
(58th St. at 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
Reservations on Open Table
Monday-Thursday: Lunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: Lunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: Brunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.