New Years Eve at Minetta Tavern

Before heading to our regular beer fest at The Blind Tiger this year, we decided it may be a good idea to lay a nice base for the night at Minetta Tavern.

Does this Bone-In NY Strip Steak look amazing or what.  It was everything a great steak should be...but let's start at the beginning.

The old speakeasy style restaurant was packed full of party goers with festive decorations on the wall and a general air of holiday cheer.  There were so many fantastic appetizers it was hard to choose just one. I was certainly a little excited about the Winter arrived with a creamy cauliflower flan and a little quail egg on top that looked amazing.

Luckily my Raw Scallop Carpaccio was just as incredible with segments of juicy mandarin orange dotting the plate.  For entrees I had a few bites of Mr. T's enormous Bone In NY Strip before moving onto the Minetta Burger.

Everyone raves about the Black Label Burger but it's just too steak-like for me.  When I want a burger I want it too taste like a burger. The Minetta is a classic example of that- crispy edges, lots of juicy innards with a topping of sharp cheddar cheese and a mound of caramelized onions.  It's easily one of the best (if not the best) burger in the city.

Others in the group enjoyed the dry aged beef in the Black Label Burger...both come with some of the best pommes frites in the city...super skinny, salty and crisp.  

I was so incredibly full but some how found room for dessert.  One bite of the sticky Hazelnut Crepes...

...and more than a few bites of the fluffy Coconut Layer Cake.  It was a fantastic meal and a great way to say goodbye to 2013 in style.