Looking for a pre/post Broadway meal that is close to all the shows, but slightly off the beaten path? Try Triomphe. This upscale, intimate little French restaurant is just what the doctor ordered. Fast, friendly service in a romantic environment. The restaurant, located at 49 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036, is a hidden gem that is just far enough off the beaten path that you won’t be overrun by tourists but will still be close enough to grab a bite before or after the show.
I spent a week in Paris last year looking for that one great French meal, but unfortunately I never found it. How does a Michigan boy like Chef Jason Tillman learn to make French food better than the French? Especially a chef who learned his craft at the Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fl?
There is a very lovely little bar area called The Lantern's Keep for you to put your feet up and relax before your meal and show. The wine and drink selection looked pretty fierce. The bartender will make whatever you want, I asked him to surprise me and he made up something special that had a perfect blend of sweetness with the alcohol. I have no idea what was in it, but it was an amazing drink. I call it the Seminar by Michelle, ask for it by name.
The menu has a nice mixture of meats and seafood to choose from. Small plates include shrimp dumplings, an absolutely amazing lobster bisque which is almost more lobster than bisque, and some escargots that come with a beautiful wild mushroom and garlic sauce.
Salad choices are pretty basic but there are a few interesting choices - one crab meat, some sort of goat cheese salad, a baby bok choy salad and some others. Main plates include herb crusted halibut, sole meuniere, crispy bronzino, roasted chicken, black pepper duck , slow braised short ribs and coriander crusted lamb rack.
When you look at everything else on the menu the dessert menu seemed a little light. It consisted of creme brulee, cheesecake, chocolate croissant bread pudding and chocolate cake. I really wish they had some crepe choices.