In honor of National Escargot day, which is tomorrow, Matyson’s Chef Ben Puchowitz is rolling out an all-things-snails tasting menu this week. The five-course, $45 prix fixe will be available through Thursday and focuses on snails in many forms, including escargot coconut curry, with carrot-ginger puree, Vietnamese sausage and peanuts, a snail-stuffed veal tenderloin with green farro, morel mushrooms and black truffle, and snail and sweet corn ravioli with Maine lobster, English peas and miso butter. Across town at Bistrot La Minette, Chef Peter Woolsey celebrates the quintessentially French delicacy with a tasting menu that he’s serving on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bistrot La Minette’s menu includes Escargots de Bourgogone, Burgundy snails, garlic herb butter, and croutons, Escargots en Papillote, escargots, mussels, sardines, spring vegetables and broth, and Escargots avec Boeuf Braisé, slow-braised escargots, beef, red wine, puff pastry, and glazed carrots. The menu costs $35 per person, with a wine pairing option offered for an additional $15.
Over at Southwark, a four-course all-snail tasting menu will be available Tuesday and Wednesday for $35. It’s dishes include snail and braised pork shank terrine, a snail and cheese plate with lovage and toasted walnuts, snail and mutton stew with spring vegetables, plus snail and chocolate truffles.
Bibou is likely going above and beyond tomorrow night with a five-course, $90 prix fixe that includes a snail waffle, and a stuffed quail with snail and foie gras. Unfortunately, it’s already completely booked. Keep a close eye on the restaurant’s Twitter feed for possible cancellations.