No, this isn’t the cake, but one of the
creative appetizers at E&E Grill House:
smoky grilled bacon slabs on a salad of
Savoy cabbage dressed with aïoli and cider
vinegar. The cake is below. Photo courtesy
E&E Grill House.
We recently were a guest at a relatively new steakhouse in New York City’s Theatre District. E&E Grill House is a lovely change of pace, with a much more modern vibe than the typical steakhouse, including sleek white walls with occasional splashes of color (like a red wall dominated by a colorful Alexander Calder print). With all respect to classic steakhouse decor-dark paneling, damask and leather banquettes-we prefer E&E’s style.
Chef Eric Simeon’s menu has creative flourishes, such as Peekytoe Crab Fritters With Thai Basil-Chili Sauce; Smoked Baby Beets With Goat Cheese, Fennel and Pistachio; and Tuscan Kale Salad with shaved watermelon radishes, pecorino cheese and bread crumbs in a honey-and-whole-grain-mustard vinaigrette. For vegetarians, there’s Smoked & Grilled Tofu with grilled broccolini and yuzu-ginger sauce. Here’s a photo gallery of the food).
Your choice of beef cut can be garnished with one of eight sauces, including Benedict, Blue Cheese Brulee, Caramelized Shallots, Cultured Bone Marrow Butter, Bearnaise, Roasted Garlic-Mustard, Salt-Cured Foie Gras and Telicherry Peppercorn. The service is great.
AND THEN THERE’S THE CAKE
As much as we enjoyed our beef dishes, we left dreaming of a dessert called Birthday Cake: velvet chocolate cake (deep chocolate, not red velvet) with cream cheese frosting and a side of confetti ice cream-a ball of vanilla rolled in rainbow sprinkles.
It was so good, we couldn’t wait for our next trip to the neighborhood-just for the Birthday Cake.
“Now statistics prove that you’ve one birthday
Imagine, just one birthday every year
Ah, but there are 364 unbirthdays
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer.”
Want a weekend cooking project? Bake this cake! It may be just the thing to bake for Father’s Day, too.
Thanks to E&E pastry chef Christopher Peneiro for sharing his delectable Birthday Cake recipe with us.