Make Thursday Night Special at Philip Marie
By Miss Jane
Philip Marie located in the vibrant West Village offers up stellar New American cuisine including a “to-die-for” wine and food pairing menu on Thursdays, which I greatly enjoyed. The cozy eatery has low lighting and an atmosphere that is classy, yet not stuffy.
The pairing includes four courses for $32, and the menu changes often.
The first course, the Smoked Ravioli a la Bolognese with crispy sage, was paired with Tunnel of Elms Merlot Beringer (2007). The raspberry undertones of the wine went well with the tomato sauce in this pasta dish, accented lightly with carrots. Crispy sage gave the dish a nice light crunch.
The second course was the Stuffed Prosciutto Di Parma with creamed spinach, pecorino Romano cheese, and braised asparagus, and was paired with Gloria Ferrer Carneros Merlot (2006). The hints of plum in the wine were a nice match with the saltiness of the prosciutto. This was not a combination I am use to, but found it exceptionally delightful.
The third course was the Wild Mushroom Risotto with roasted pine nuts and black truffle essence. It was paired with a Tangley Oaks Merlot (2006). The robustness of the wine was tempered by the deliciously creamy risotto. It’s a great winter dish, with a hearty taste that warms your bones.
The fourth course was the Filet Mignon of Wild Boar wrapped in applewood smoked pancetta. It was served with espresso Dijon mustard sauce and coconut mashed potatoes, and paired with a Blackstone California Merlot. The boar was quite tender with a crunchy outer skin. The mash potatoes with the sauce made for a great side dish.
If you don’t want to try the tasting menu, Philip Marie offers a full menu with a variety of seafood, pasta, and meat dishes. Some notables to try are the grilled ostrich filet, the sautéed double cut stuffed pork chop, and the Maine lobster black ravioli.
Special note: Many of the cocktails pay homage to New York, such as the Tom Collins, made with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and soda and the Sidecar, made with Remy Martin VSOP, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. If it’s available, ask to be seated at one of the stellar semi-private window seats, providing a great ambiance that would be great for a date or a group dinner with the girls.