|Wild King Salmon in a Coco-Bean Puree at Dovetail in Manhattan.|
|Cucumber Vichyssoise with Smoked Trout.|
The plates are beautifully composed and the food tastes as good as it looks at Dovetail, one of the many Manhattan restaurants offering three-course lunches for $24.07 through Aug. 10.
I've already had two of these bargain lunches -- which cost less than the price of an entree at other times of the year -- and plan to have two more before the promotion ends.
Some restaurants offer the $24.07 lunches until Labor Day.
|A miniature rice ball and small cheesy cornbread were complimentary.|
At Dovetail, I loved my appetizer of tender Squid a la Plancha in a strawberry-rhubarb jam and entree of Wild-Caught King Salmon, though the crisped fish was cooked a little more than the medium rare I requested.
I passed up the Devil's Food Cake, Bourbon Bread Pudding and another high-calorie dessert, and asked for a trio of sorbets.
|Dovetail's Bourbon Bread Pudding with honey-ginger ice cream.|
Summer Restaurant Week menus usually offer a choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts, and salmon is so common, you might think you're swimming upstream against the current.
At Dovetail on Tuesday, I told the waitress I didn't want to have any butter or cream.
She returned from the kitchen to inform me the bean puree with the wild salmon had a little creme fraiche in it, and asked if that would be OK.
With a 20% tip and tax, the $24.07 lunch costs about $31 per person.
I drink tap water, and if I want coffee or tea, I go looking for a Starbucks.
Tea at Dovetail ranges from $5 to $15.
|Dovetail received 3 stars from The New York Times in 2011, as well as a Michelin star.|
Dovetail New York, 103 W. 77th St., Manhattan; 212-362-3800.
Web site: www.dovetailnyc.com
|Insalata Caprese at Abboccato Ristorante uses buffalo-milk mozzarella.|
|Crispy Polenta-Coated Calamari with a spicy tomato sauce.|
For my second $24.07 lunch, I chose a place in Midtown that had skate wing on the menu.
Abboccato Ristorante is from the owners of Molyvos, a Greek restaurant.
Abboccato means "pleasing to the mouth," and the "home-style" Italian food lived up to that phrase.
|Spiedini di Gamberi.|
|Razza alla Livornese -- roasted skate wing.|
At lunch today, my appetizer was Fried Calamari with a spicy tomato sauce and fried parsley, and my entree was Razza alla Livornese -- roasted skate with tomato, capers, white wine, Gaeta olives and Sardinian couscous.
The mild-tasting, tender skate was wonderful, flaking easily, and I loved the capers-and-tomato sauce.
My teenage son started with Insalata Caprese and had an entree of Spiedini di Gamberi -- eight large wild-caught shrimp in a creamy sherry vinaigrette served over micro-greens.
I tried the buffalo mozzarella in his salad, and it melted in my mouth.
|Strudel di Mele.|
He had an apple strudel with vanilla gelato for dessert, and I had sorbet.
Abboccato, which opened in 2004, is small and dark, and the place mats on our table had seen better days.
|Abboccato is across the street from the City Center.|
Abboccato Ristorante, 136 W. 55th St., Manhattan; 212-265-4000.
Web site: About Abboccato
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