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New York City: Hillstone Revisited

on October 20, 2011

Hillstone @ 153 E 53rd St.

10.18

For Mund’s birthday dinner, a bunch of his friends had a tradition of going to Hillstone to eat, bringing a few bottles of select wine and just enjoying the night with close friends. I was just happy I got to tag along. The servers were attentive and complimented on the group’s selection of wine, saying how often she sees people bring cheap bottles of case wine =X. I know they’re ballers and that wine was expensive.

Hillstone - Caesar Salad

Hillstone - Caesar Salad

Started off the night with Caesar salads. It’s ribbons of romaine lettuce tossed with a creamy Caesar dressing, rustic seasoned croutons, and grated Reggiano cheese.

Hillstone - Flying Tuna Salad

Hillstone - Flying Tuna Salad

The flying tuna salad, pan seared tuna, field greens, mango, and a miso vinaigrette. I think presentation would of been better if the vinaigrette was left on the side. The plate looks a bit messy with it drizzled over. For the price of $26, you’re getting what you paid for – quality chunks of seared fresh tuna. I’m not even sure we finished the salad part.

Hillstone - Crab Cakes

Hillstone - Crab Cakes

Two sauteéd crab cakes, at $34…I’m starting to think it’s too overpriced. However, when you get two large crab cakes full of meaty lumped crabs, very little binder, seasoned with a popular French Pommery mustard sauce, you won’t regret paying every penny. It even comes with a side of shoe string fries too.

Hillstone - French Dip

Hillstone - French Dip

Ahh, my Famous French Dip sandwich. Hands down the best shaved prime rib sandwich. Tender, juicy beef sandwiched in a buttery French roll. I want the secret recipe to this au jus!

Hillstone - Sole Fish

Hillstone - Sole Fish

Fish special tonight was a sole fish on top of mash potatoes made with olive oil and chives. The fish was coated with bread crumbs and pan fried, dusted with parsley on top. Firm and flaky on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Overall, it was a light, tasty fish.

Hillstone - Hawaiian Rib-Eye Steak

Hillstone - Hawaiian Rib-Eye Steak

The Hawaiian Rib-Eye Steak is marinated with soy ginger. It was a popular choice amongst the crowd. Tender, cooked on the medium rare side and served with your choice of side. We ordered a few of these just so we have enough to go around. It’s what they order every year!

Hillstone - BBQ Ribs

Hillstone - BBQ Ribs

Finger licking good! These BBQ Ribs was also one of the first dishes to be cleared. The meat was flavorful and fell off the bone. Served with shoe string fries and coleslaw. A definite recommendation if you’re ever here.

Hillstone, formerly known as Houstons has been one of my favorite NYC restaurants. There are two locations, the other one on 378 Park Ave South. I’ve been to the E 53rd location a few times. I love the French dip sandwich so much, I had ordered it to go. A delight to my taste buds. Definitely go back again!

– Charmin Bear J

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