I’m a raw beef fan. I like it in all cuisines and all styles from the Italian carpaccio to the Korean yook hwe and everything in between. I just love the texture and the clean taste.
The newly-relocated Aureole — now next to the Condé Nast Buildling in Times Square — serves a beef tartare ($14) on the Bar Room Snacks menu during lunch and dinner. The cubes of beef are garnished with diced red onion, capers, lemon zest, quail egg yolk, black pepper, and parsley. The unexpected twist, however, is the honey mustard, which initially seems out of place but actually works. The dish came with potato-onion toasts, which I didn’t pay attention to until I had finished. I prefer the beef without the toast. It’s just so good on its own! And, of course, bubbly is always my preferred pairing with steak tartare (or all steaks for that matter!). I had the 2001 Iron Horse Aureole cuvée ($17) (a 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay blend) which, as an older vintage and Pinot-heavy blend, has enough weight to go with the meat and all its seasonings.