Betony [lunch]

Excited to check out the lunch menu at Betony for the first time (appetizer + entree for $38). I saw some familiar dishes that I really enjoyed and some new ones that I couldn’t wait to taste. The grain salad with labne is a favorite of mine that might be easily overlooked or underestimated — I mean, who wants grain salad when you can have meat or pasta? It is way more interesting and complex dish than the description, with a beautiful blend of textures and flavors. The labne (strained yogurt) is thick and creamy, the sprouts are fresh and crispy, and the grains are crunchy and delicious! I remember Chef Bryce mentioning that this is one of his favorite dishes on the menu —  I can certainly see why! My friend ordered the hen’s egg with tagliatelle and ham hock, which I had a few luscious bites of. That runny yolk just gets me every time. As a surprise course, we feasted on the poached lobster with asparagus and almond — an extraordinary treat! The lobster was poached to perfection in a broth that tasted like heaven. This was followed by the black sea bass With fennel and couscous which was beyond moist and tender. By the end of our lunch, I was stuffed and happy. It was great seeing Chef Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey (General Manager) — these guys are extraordinary at what they do.  An enormous thank you to both of them and the Betony team for a fantastic lunch! I’ll be back again soon. :-)

Betony:  41 West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue) 

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Grain Salad with Labne and Sprouts

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Hen’s Egg with Tagliatelle and Ham Hock 

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Black Sea Bass with Fennel and Couscous

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Poached Lobster with Asparagus and Almond 

Betony [lunch]