Address: 1430 Avenue of the Americas, Sixth Avenue and Central Park South
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
New York, NY 10019
Telephone / Fax: 212-521-6125 / 212-207-8831
Web site: www.bltmarket.com
From Farm to Table: BLT Market Celebrates Artisanal American Foods
Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel seamlessly integrates French sensibilities into the hearty constituents of American cuisine at BLT Market in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.
The market is brought to the table by focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients available in farmers’ markets, paying particular attention to unusual, wild and locally grown items. Monthly menus and weekly blackboard specials are updated to feature fruits and vegetables that are at their peak of freshness, flavor and natural abundance. In addition to appetizers, pastas, risottos and entrees, the menu features a column listing of monthly peak produce.
Current dishes include remarkable Jumbo Stone Crab Claws in Meyers-Lemon Sauce; Wild Boar Pasta; Bay Scallop Salad with Watercress, Blue Cheese and Walnuts; Braised Lamb Shank with Indian Curry and a stellar Honey-Based Black Cod with Celeriac Puree. The Garlic Bread is to die for and the wine list is organically oriented and superbly chosen. Desserts include Pear Tart Tatin with frangipane and frozen almond milk and Chestnut Floating Island. Tourondel also offers a lovely seasonal selection of Artisanal American cheese from New York’s Mecox Farm paired with Sullivan Street Bakery breads and sweet cream butter from Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. accompanied by sour plums, roasted pears, honey hazelnuts and figs in a port wine reduction.
BLT Market cocktails also mirror the flavors of the season, featuring muddled fresh fruits and vegetables. And even the overworked martini is a massive paragon of perfection. Service is laid-back and benevolent and the room, which was formally home to the posh Atelier, has been redefined with casual elegance and sophistication. The color palette in shades of coffee and cream appears in plush deep chocolate brown banquettes of textured velvet and leather and the wide oak plank floor has been sanded and waxed to a well-worn finish.
BLT Market integrates casual comfort and urban sensibility to create a country chic environment, serving food that is stylish and well executed. The latest venture in a mini-empire that includes BLT Fish, BLT Prime and BLT Burger, BLT Market is located at 1430 Avenue of the Americas in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, and rates A Major on the Walman Report.