To kick off Restaurant Week, I headed to Park Ave Summer on Monday with a few of my girlfriends. Â I’ve raved about Park Ave Winter before and have claimed that it was one of my better Restaurant Week experiences. Â As a result, I was looking forward to trying their summer menu, since the menu happens to change seasonally, as does the decor.
Unfortunately, we were placed towards the back of the restaurant, and I honestly feel like if you aren’t in the
front room facing Park Ave, you don’t get to enjoy the decor as much, so I was kind of disappointed. Â We kicked off the meal with glasses of red sangria (which I picked based on the fact that I liked the fruit in this sangria better than the white sangria) and dove into the menu.
For the appetizer, I went with the butter and sugar corn soup, expecting it to be a lot like a corn chowder. Â To be frank, I was kind of disappointed that it was more of a corn soup (like a tomato soup would be), with tomatoes and a few bits of corn tossed in (yes, I realize now that the menu said corn soup, but I think I had my heart on corn chowder). Â It had a Mexican flavor to it that reminded me of a thicker tortilla soup. Â It was definitely okay, but wasn’t the best appetizer at the table. Â Those honors went to the salmon tartare, which was delicious and had a great citrus-y flavor.
I couldn’t decide between the Dr. Pepper ribs and the pesto pasta, so my friend Alex and I decided to split both. Â The pesto pasta was like someone dumped a good quarter of a container of Morton salt on it, and then decided to cover it up by putting a ton of basil into it. Â Let’s put it this way – I’ve had much better jars of pesto from D’Agostinos. Â The Dr. Pepper ribs though were outstanding, falling off the bone and melting in your mouth. Â The peach coleslaw served on the side was very refreshing and was paired nicely with the ribs.
For dessert I went with my favorite dessert that I’ve had twice at Park Ave Winter. Â Basically, the dessert is a banana parfait, with chocolate crunchies, bananas, whipped cream and toffee. Â Some of us at the table couldn’t finish it, but as one of my favorite desserts, I easily polished it off. Â I loved the chocolate crunchies, the surprise of the toffee at the bottom and the refreshing cold banana. Â As soon as my friends Dory and Colleen mentioned that they tasted burnt chocolate crunchies though, I suddenly could taste it too. Â A few mouthfuls of my crunchies were a tad more cooked than I would have liked. Â I also tried the panna cotta with the basil cream and just didn’t not like the flavor of the cream at all. Â Maybe I was on a basil overload from the pasta, but my friend Alex seemed to enjoy this as well.
Overall, there were some standouts during the night, and then some lows. Â I left Park Avenue Summer disappointed, as this was usually one of my better Restaurant Week experiences. Â While the meal was average, if you are going to try to find a place to dine over the next two weeks, I’d suggest trying some place else.The Basics Name: Park Ave Summer Location: 100 E 63rd Street between Lexington and Park Who to bring: Date, Parents, Friends Price: Â It is Restaurant Week. Â $$$$. Overall: Â So-so. Â 3 stars.