When Landmarc restaurant comes to mind, I think of two things: clients and parents. With a straightforward and sophisticated salad-pasta-meat-fish menu, round tables, fairly low noise level and residential location, it makes the perfect setting for a formal occasion with adults (including myself). Sara and I decided it would be a great place to try for her mom’s visit this week.
Be sure to bring your iPhone flashlight application – without this, I’m not sure we would have been able to read the menu in the darkness of the restaurant. With the variety of interesting appetizers, our table selected a few to share. Though not as thin and crispy as I had expected, the crispy prosciutto and Fontina Flatbread was my favorite. I was unimpressed by the bland smoked mozzarella and ricotta fritters, which for $13 only came with a three tiny fried zucchini spears and three small rounds of fried cheese. The tuna carpaccio, on the other hand, came just as described with a refreshing black olive salad and tuna sliced so thin it was almost invisible.
I was very pleased with the pan seared salmon, which came with buttery corn and a healthy dollop of earthy pesto. I rarely am served a rare salmon when I request it, but this came out perfectly pink and tender with a layer of seared crisp skin. There are a ton of salads to choose from for those looking for something lighter, and I loved the cold chopped salad that came with celery, cucumber, and my favorite – hearts of palm. Most intimidatingly heavy menu items can be ordered in half portions here, which I love, considering I’m always afraid to commit to one main dish!
When it comes to dessert I am most critical, but the platter of mini tiramisu, chocolate mousse, creme brulee, a blueberry crumble, and a chocolate eclair was pretty much divine. For someone as indecisive as when making food choices, mini of everything is a no-brainer. And I usually hate lemon desserts, but I couldn’t get my hands off of this subtly sweet lemon tart with freshly whipped meringue.
My judgement of Landmarc remains. It is a solid, well rounded, and reliable restaurant that provides an ideal experience for family outings or a crowd with diverse preferences. Don’t expect to be blown away by any unique executions, but be confident that you’ll leave with a satisfying meal.
Location: 179 West Broadway btwn Leonard and Worth Streets