National Food Days in New York
March 25 - Lobster Newburg Day

Just a few days ago I had to unfortunately revisit one of the restaurants I had previously showcased on a different national food holiday, and it made me feel really inadequate at this job, haha. I mean, with all the countless restaurants in New York City, I couldn’t find a place to fit the national holiday description that I hadn’t used? But, for both of those instances, the restaurant I chose had been one of the best at serving bothfoods for the national food holidays; you really can’t argue with that, and taking an extra trip to a great restaurant is better than finding a different restaurant that isn’t up to snuff.

That’s what I have to do today, again, on National Lobster Newburg Day, but for a different reason, hahaha. The original Lobster Newburg, created around the year 1876, called for fresh lobster to be fried in butter, simmered in cream, and boiled in Madeira wine, and then served with eggs and hot pepper. It was invented by a sea captain by the name of Ben Wenberg, and debuted where else, but the Mecca of nineteenth century American culinary classics, Delmonico’s, right here in New York City. Because of an argument between Wenberg and Charles Delmonico, the name was changed from “Lobster Wenberg” to the Lobster Newburg we know today.

If you’ll remember, however, I’ve already highlighted the famoud Delmonico’s, almost two months ago for Baked Alaska Dayon February 1. That was because Delmonico’s invented the Baked Alaska, too :-P So I can’t really fault the legendary restaurant for creating two of the national food holidays on the list! Sometimes, restaurants in New York City are just special like that ;-)

Delmonico’s
56 Beaver St (between Broad St & William St)

http://www.delmonicosny.com

"Lobster Newburg, also created here, blankets lumps of the succulent crustacean in an unctuous brandy-cream sauce, top-sprinkled with caviar and accompanied by a crisp triangle of fried bread. It’s easy to imagine J.P. Morgan and his cronies kicking back in the spacious dining room: Lofty, gilded ceilings crown mahogany-paneled walls hung with oil paintings of tuxedo-clad gents swilling martinis. Frosted windows are etched with a grand, cursive “D,” and the richly patterned carpets are so thick that waiters appear soundlessly at tableside."—New York Magazine

Some reviews from Yelp.com:

"This dish was amazing! It’s a whole lobster (tail cut in half lengthwise and claw meat) topped with caviar and served with a sherry/cognac/cream sauce. Cooked to perfection and not too heavy despite the cream sauce - I would highly recommend!"—Jackie K.

" The Lobster Newburg was a feast for the eyes. Beautifully colored with oranges and reds and creams. It came with 4 meaty claws & 2 lobster tails split in half in a cream-based sauce. The meat was sweet and juicy. However, the sauce was a bit too wine-y for me. There were also some potatoes in the sauce as well which was a nice complement to the lobster."—Tiff C.

Two years ago, to celebrate Lobster Newburg Day, Delmonico’s lowered the hefty price tag of $49 for a plate down to $18.76—the year it was created. This would be an amazingdeal and definitely a reason to head to Delmonico’s for that once-in-a-lifetime meal…except for one teensy problem: they’re closed. :-( This year, March 25 lands on a Sunday, and Delmonico’s is always closed on Sundays. What a great opportunity lost!

But don’t fret! There is another first-class restaurant in New York City to try out a Lobster Newburg. Food Network celebrity chef Alex Guarneschelli has recently opened up a “supper-club” style restaurant in the West Village called The Darby. It specializes in serving old American standards exceptionally well, including Waldorf Salad, Oysters Rockefeller, and of course, today’s holiday, Lobster Newburg. The dish is pricey at $100 an order, but it’s meant for two, and loaded with lobster. Plus, The Darby gets its “supper club” moniker from its atmosphere and clientele: the restaurant boasts nightly live entertainment and a house blues band, and nearly any day of the week you can spy celebrities cozying up to the vintage decor. All this adds up to more than just a good dining experience—order your Lobster Newburg here, and you may end up in a mention on Page Six.

The Darby
244 W 14th St (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)

http://www.thedarbynyc.com/

"Reminiscent of 20th century supper clubs with cranberry mohair booths and decadent oak chairs, the restaurant treats guests to throwback cuisine (oysters Rockefeller, lobster Newburg) from Food Network regular and former Daniel sous-chef Alexandra Guarneschelli."—Hollywood Reporter

Some reviews from Yelp.com:

"This is a huge canvernous room, with live music. The food was delicious and their Lobster Newburg at $100 for two which well worth the price, not overly sauced and loaded with Lobster."—Michael E.

"The food here is a little pricy but well prepared. We had the octopus appetizer which was ok and my wife and I split the lobster Newburg which was great."—Jim T.