rainbow room, rockefeller center

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The Rainbow Room is one of the more iconic venues in New York and I’m delighted that they’ve reopened after a brief hiatus. A few weeks ago, Mike, Aveline, and I put on our Sunday finest and headed uptown to sample what I now think is the most exquisite brunch in the city.

Aside from the plethora of stations (crepes, bacon bar (!), dessert), you also order one entree from their menu. While I wasn’t planning on getting the mac and cheese (those truffle omelets were calling my name), our waiter was awesome and brought us one to try anyway. And I’m forever grateful that he did.

As you can see from the photo, this is no typical macaroni and cheese. Similar to The Clocktower’s, it’s more of a pasta dish that happens to have a cheese sauce. Here, it’s made up of braised beef short rib, mushroom ragu, and and big, fat pasta (I think it’s a paccheri), and topped with a shower of greens, shredded cheese, and onion parmesan crumble. The cheese sauce itself also has black truffle incorporated into it, so it’s pretty much decadent in every department.

While certainly not for the faint of heart (or anyone looking for a traditional mac and cheese), it’s delightful. The mushroom ragu, in particular, pairs very well with the mild cheese sauce. Even though we’d already barreled through monkey bread, biscuits, and about five pounds of smoked salmon (not to mention the other two entrees we ordered), we couldn’t resist polishing this off as well.

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, 212-632-5000

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