A city bustling with energy, diversity and a sea of possibilities, New York City often boasts of love at first sight for most travellers. With an iconic skyline, the city is best known for its fashion, culture and epicurean delights. The Big Apple, as the city is endearingly called, has seen generations of travellers descend here to soak in a slice of the vibrant experiences that the city offers. In the melting pot of culinary delights that are an integral part of New York, you could could spend a full year eating out every night and yet not get to try all the great food the city has to offer! There’s a rush of flavours that reach out to you at the frantic pace from every corner of the city at a pace unmatched by any other city in the world!
The island city, built around the mammoth Central Park, races from one day to the other with a number of restaurants offering a multitude of epicurean experiences that will satiate the tastebuds of one and all ranging from food connoisseurs to casual foodies. With the park as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that one of Manhattan’s iconic destinations, The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, has recently added a new culinary landmark to its refreshing portfolio – Perrine.
A deep, underlying French connection runs through the city of New York. The city’s love for the country across the pond has been longstanding, you only need to gaze at the graceful contours of Lady Liberty to let seep the influences that the sheer iron and steel structure has on the cultural dynamic of New York. Classic French flavours, with touches of American cuisine, refresh the soul and an exciting menu du jour awaits you at Perrine under the able guidance of Executive Chef Ashfer Biju. The menu has been created after digging deep into the rich culinary history The Pierre and dishes have been reinvented putting adding a touch of modern twist to appeals to the tastes today’s discerning gourmand.
Seasonally-inspired fare with a focus on clean, distinctive flavours that refreshes the palette allows the fresh ingredients to shine through in every bite at Perrine. Colourful vegetables and simple preparations that don’t overpower any flavour are preferred here, and the chef’s influence from growing up in the bucolic fishing town of Kerala in India runs through the fresh seafood dishes that are offered here as delightful entrées.
A visit to Perrine is incomplete without tasting the Maine Crab Imperial that’s served on a flatbread with fennel, herbs, Gruyère and a touch of spice that perfectly balances the delicate tang that runs through the dish. The firm Black Sea Bass, served in a hearty seafood broth with fresh fava beans and herbs is another classic that helps elevate the culinary journey here, while the Roasted Diver Scallops, with a sprinkle of Gruyère crumbs, cauliflower, baby turnips and a herb vinaigrette offers just the right amount of acidity. Each dish is complemented by the number of fine wines that are on offer here. For those with a penchant for full-bodied elegance could opt for a deep red while those looking for something light and flirty, the light notes of a rosé will be the perfect accompaniment to the culinary journey at Perrine.
The desserts at the restaurant are a work of art in themselves. Created by Executive Pastry Chef Michael Mignano, seasonal flavours run through every bite that incite memories of exquisite indulgences. You can wind down your meal with truly decadent desserts like the Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie with cheesecake ice cream. The slight tang of rhubarb accentuates the sweetness cheesecake perfectly, while the Pineapple ‘Upside Down’ Cake with yoghurt sorbet offers a refreshing, fruity tang to the dessert menu. For those with the penchant for the classics, the rich Chocolate Tart served with malt cream and a tantalising salted caramel crunch ice cream is as close at it can get to dessert heaven!
With Perrine’s beautiful interiors complete with a soothing neutral colour palette that maintains the trend of The Pierre’s luxurious, aesthetic ambiance, a meal here will not only soothe your tatstebuds but also your soul. The restaurant’s vibrant accents give the space a playful, yet pulsating feel, large open windows allow natural light to stream in with stunning views of the lush green landscape of the iconic Central Park. The perfect new address for an elegant night out in town, Perrine is the perfect destination to set your senses alight!