Cathy and I have eaten at a number of top restaurants...NOLA, Scarpetta, Oleana, Mesa Grill, Babbo…the list goes on and on. All have been pretty good to “wow, I can’t wait to go back again” great. However, my favorite restaurant of all is No. 9 Park.
No. 9 Park is the flagship restaurant in the growing Barbara Lynch empire. The quality of the food at No. 9 Park continues to be consistently awesome as her businesses grow, unlike another famous chef from around these parts whose restaurants I used to love but now seem to be nothing all that special.
Recently, I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary at No. 9 Park. The evening started off with two gluten free rolls, which were delivered on a separate plate so there would be no cross contamination. Piping hot, they were crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside.
My appetizer was a tuna sashimi crudo. I wanted something light that would not fill me up and this was the perfect dish. It was beautifully plated, with very fresh tuna.
Next came the duck. I LOVE the duck at No. 9 Park. Why? I find most places that serve duck don’t render the fat enough. Thus, the skin never gets that crispy. I don’t know how Chef Lynch instructs her chefs on how to cook duck, but I get crispy skin each and every time, while the meat of the duck remains moist. I mean, really…what more could you ask for?
This is the gluten free dessert I had. A chocolate fudge “round” with some ice cream on top along with some other goodies to give different textures.
Finally, a very nice surprise.
I should also note, that the service is just as good as the food.
No. 9 Park is expensive. For Cathy and I, it is definitely a place to go for a very special occasion. But here’s the thing: If you want to go someplace for a very special occasion, don’t worry about spending a large amount of money for a mediocre meal at No. 9 Park. Mediocre is obviously not in Barbara Lynch’s vocabulary.