February 18, 2010

Recap on the new R2L

Not going out on Tuesday actually translated into nearly four hours in the lounge of the recently opened R2L, Daniel Stern's newest restaurant at Liberty II.

From the website:
"With an eye to the future, Chef Daniel Stern takes traditional American flavors and brings them up-to-date with a modern twist — resulting in his unique interpretation of Creative American Cuisine."

My goal of the night was one more of beef than beer.
As I already noted, I gave up meat for Lent. But considering my small fortune dropped in B-more over the weekend, I wasn't going to splurge on a steak of any sort.  Or maybe I would- Mini cheese steaks off the snack menu would suit me just right for $12.  I was surprised by the presentation...but it was "fun" for lack of a better word and I can see how it would lend itself to a nice sharing experience during a happy hour with colleagues.  Not only was the "sushi-style" serving a switch up on the traditional- the meat at hand was Venison, not Beef.  There were oodles of caramelized onions.  Perfect for me, perhaps too much for others that might have an aversion. Each plate was presented with 6 miniature cheesesteak rolls.

Macaroni and Cheese was presented the same way with a modern twist on the classic at a very reasonable $6.  Healthy amounts of sharp cheese were encased in house made pasta.  My sometimes hard to please veggie pal was very happy.
(My apologies for the awful photo)

I also tried the Lobster Roll with lavender. I love lavender more than most things.  My companion mentioned that it was a curious combination.  Curious I was.  The bun was buttery and soft, the lobster salad had just a hint of my beloved herb.  It came out of the kitchen with a quickness and was consumed with the same.  A few house made potato chips sat on the side.

On to the beer.  I started off with wine- but switch up to a Brooklyn Local one. Our darling yet guileless server dropped the bottle en route to our table...but we weren't bothered in the slightest. When the bottle arrived it was as delicious as I remembered.  I drank a lot of this when it first debuted in 2007 but hadn't tried it in a while.  It provided a nice pairing with the Macaroni and cheese.

Other beers are Stoudts ESB, Hitachino Red Rice (my least favorite from this great brewery) Saison Dupont, Stella Artois, Amstel Light, and I know I am forgetting one or two others....

The view is AMAZING, especially from the three dining room tables that face Center City (you can see Nodding Head as a small dot.)  But if you go- I would keep it to the lounge with a few friends.  Make sure you dress appropriately-=-suits were a plenty.
It'll be a nice "closer" for the single folks out there.
Watch the city from the 38th floor, and watch your night disappear.

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