It was my birthday, and my husband decided to treat me to dinner out at ETC Steakhouse in Teaneck.
Upon our arrival we were greeted with a smile. We didn’t wish to be seated in the place they chose for us – we wanted somewhere a little more private. Our request was granted with the minimum of fuss and delay.
I love that the menu was not long and confusing, and that an explanation of how the steaks are cooked – rare, medium-well etc – was provided.
We ordered the Baby Spinach Salad to start off with, but we decided to share it as the waiter told us it was a large portion. When it was brought out to us they had already split it onto two plates in the kitchen – very accommodating.
I loved the flavor bursts in this salad from the kumquats and the pineapple. The red wine vinaigrette perfectly complemented the blend of red peppers, roasted cauliflower and spinach leaves.
For the main course, I ordered the Three Peppercorn Fillet – with truffled frites, micro greens, marrow, and merlot sauce. Hubby ordered the Rib Steak with onion rings, sautéed mushrooms and onions, with a mustard sauce. These dishes were plated exquisitely. My French fries (frites) were arranged under my steak, the greens on top – it was a work of art. Hubby’s steak was place on top of the sautéed mushrooms, and the onion rings on top of that.
I am a sucker for marrow. I love marrow bones in the cholent, I scoop out the marrow on to a piece of challah, add some salt, and it’s a little taste of heaven. I do not know how Executive Chef Seth Warshaw prepared the marrow on my plate, but it was what I dug into first. I have never tasted such good marrow in my life. It was meaty yet flavorful, and there was something that just made my taste buds want to sing.
My steak was cooked to perfection. The peppercorn rub gave it a little extra bite, but wasn’t overwhelming, as I was concerned it might be. I must apologize to my fellow diners – I do believe there were little moans of pleasure emanating from my table as I ate. Seriously, folks, this was so delicious.
I didn’t eat many of the frites – too much of a good thing -but they were delectable. My husband really enjoyed his steak, the onion rings he said were perfectly done, and the sautéed mushrooms made him close his eyes in delight so he could savor the pleasure alone.
The portions were perfectly sized. I didn’t feel so full that I would never want to eat again. I felt satiated yet I still had room for dessert. We ordered apple pie à la mode. They brought mine to the table with a lit birthday candle on it. Thankfully they did not sing!! I thought it was a lovely touch – and I was grinning from ear to ear. The apple pie was a little disappointing – it was more deconstructed than we thought it would be, but it was still tasty. The ice cream that was served with it – I know it was pareve (non dairy) yet I have never tasted such delicious pareve ice cream in my life. It could easily have passed for dairy.
The wait staff have been impeccably trained. They were attentive, responsive and oh-so-polite! They were dressed well, listened to us, spoke clearly and respectfully, and were willing to do it all took to give us a positive dining experience.
We were very happy also to find that one of our desserts had been comped – wondered if that was a birthday present!!
This restaurant is not a cheap place to go – but it is worth every penny and perfect for a special occasion. Parking is a breeze, though, and free. That rates!
This was the perfect meal to celebrate my birthday - we'll definitely be returning.
ETC Steakhouse 1409 Palisade Ave., Teaneck; 201-357-5677