Happy birthday season to my wonderful hub! His real birthday is Sunday, but since we will be out and about allllll day, I took him for his special birthday dinner tonight. He chose Smith & Wollensky for his special night, and it was absolutely fabulous. Smith & Wollensky is located in a castle-like building that was built in 1891, and from the outside and inside is spectacular.
We had drinks at the bar before being seated for our reservation. I had a perfect lemon drop cocktail. I really wanted a nice cold drink, and this was it. Sometimes lemon drops taste waaaay too much like vodka, but this had a lovely sugar rim and a lemony, fresh flavor.
When we were seated at our table, they brought a gorgeous rosemary and sea salt bread with butter and menus in old photo frames! It was really neat. I ordered the seared scallops with a chili sauce on the side. We also shared a wedge salad. I love me some blue cheese and iceberg lettuce once in awhile. We also split a half bottle of Calera Pinot Noir. I am loving Pinots lately and really am looking forward to our CA trip. I drank some awesome Pinots in Oregon last summer ( Erath!) and they are definitely my favorite wines.
The food was delicious. The lettuce was so crisp and refreshing and the blue cheese was garlicky and homemade. My scallops were perfectly sweet. That is one thing I love about scallops; they don’t need anything at all. Their natural flavor just shines through!
For dessert, they brought a surprise cake for the hub, which we shared, along with some Taylor Fladgate port.