Garage: Best Meal of My Life

June 3, 2008 at 11:31 am 3 comments

Garage is absolutely amazing. Located on 7th Ave South at Grove St in Greenwich Village, this place has outdoor seating and live jazz almost all the time for dinner hours. They also have an interesting and eclectic cocktail list, with drinks like “Icelandic Strawberry Martini” and a “Key Lime Martini”. And of course, this place is pricey. I’ve eaten here on two occasions: one was my anniversary and the other was when my parents were in town for graduation, so, while it is expensive, it’s a great place for a splurge. Most fancier places charge a lot for food and give you very little on the plate, but not Garage

On my last visit there, we started with Asian Spring Rolls and Calamari. I’ve never been a fan of fried spring rolls, but these were nice. The calamari was especially good – the breading was very light and the squid had a great texture, avoiding that all-too-common rubberiness associated with it. For my entree, I had the grilled Garage Shrimp. It came in a lobster reduction sauce with a fragrant side of rice and sauteed summer vegetables. I don’t have to tell you it was freakin’ delicious (because oh God, it was.) Even the rice had these little crunchy bits in it, not sure what they were, but they popped in your mouth and added some great texture. If I had any complaint about this dish, it’s that the sauce was maybe a bit too salty, but that didn’t stop me from powering through the entire thing. (Apologies for poor photo quality).

When I was here before, I ordered the Filet Mignon that came with mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted tomatoes. If you’ve ever had a good filet mignon, mashed potatoes and roast tomatoes, imagine all three of these things in one mouthful and multiply the deliciousness by about 1,000. It came with a burgundy red wine sauce which was also wonderful. Everything on that plate was unbelievable, and the portion is big enough that you’re absolutely stuffed by the end (because God knows you aren’t going to waste any of that culinary treasure, unless you’re my mother, who took home a tiny nubbin of steak to give to our ailing poodle at home.) My camera did not do this justice.

My brother ordered the Pan Seared Tuna. I didn’t taste it as I am not a big fan of fish or tuna in particular, but he was thrilled by it. He even made the effort to tell the waiter to tell the chef how freakin’ great it was. This is an impressive review coming from my brother, who, when we eat as a family (i.e., the bill is on Dad) he orders the most expensive thing on the menu. Presumably, that would mean he knows something about food…

In short, this is my favorite restaurant in the city. It’s expensive, which is probably a good thing, because if it wasn’t I’d be here every night. Another refreshing thing about Garage is that not only is their food freakin’ great, their menu is extensive. The typical fancy-pants expensive restaurant has few choices and many of them are weird and “gourmet,” but Garage has dozens of entrees, from seafood and steak to pasta and salad, for something to please everyone. I highly recommend for a special evening or a place to take your parents (bill’s on them, of course).


99 Seventh Ave South, at Grove Street

New York, NY 10014

Prices: $18 – $35 per entree (Dinner)


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Cameron  |  June 3, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    That’s pretty much the average price for a main course in England. Of course, we don’t tip as much, because it’s not a good idea to empower the lower classes.

    Have you thought of getting endorsed by a food review website?
    This lady here
    , for example, posts reviews of Chigago restaurants and includes a link to Urbanspoon, who in turn link back to her. It seems like a great way of getting cross-site traffic.

  • 2. Tim Cameron  |  June 3, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    And by Chicago, I do of course mean Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 3. parkrangerolivia  |  June 3, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Would you like to try some steak and shrimp?


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