Bartleby’s Table Halibut – High-End Menu Ideas

Summer 2021 is almost upon us, and we are fully vaccinated and feeling a new lightness of being that is a true shot in the arm.

The sun is shining. The air smells green and alive. The songbirds are singing their heads off.

The joy of it all brings to mind our favorite poem about the natural world:

            O pointy birds,

            O pointy, pointy,

            Anoint my head,


We don’t know about you, but lately we have become absolutely ravenous for tropical fruits, gorgeous vegetables and fresh seafood, and we are curating our culinary creations accordingly.

Since before the turn of this century, it has been our ambition to bring forth beautiful food with a story to tell. That mission continues.

This month, our potato gratin puts the lime in the coconut.

Our halibut dish marries the essence of the sea with briny black olives, a hint of scented orange blossom and the brightness of ripe red tomatoes. It tastes like a May night in Sicily, and looks just as tantalizing.

Our ricotta ravioli and artichoke carpaccio are both crowned with pungent shavings of black truffle, because we loathe the fakery that is truffle oil.

Side note: Leslie adores raw uncooked truffles so much that she once spent $160 on a plate of pasta at Harry’s Bar in Venice. Unbeknownst to her, the restaurant charged per shaving — and she just couldn’t bring herself to tell the waiter to stop shaving that truffle.

If you, like Leslie, enjoy treating yourself to opulence occasionally (or often — heaven knows you deserve it), you may wish to inquire about our high-end menu line, Bartleby’s Table: A Tasting Experience. Our ever-changing Bartleby’s Table courses are inspired by our talented team’s personal adventures in traveling — and tasting — the best food in the best restaurants around the world.

Please do reach out to us if you are contemplating having an event of any size (or price range) in New York City, Hudson Valley or the Catskills. We would be glad to help you find the perfect venue and craft a delicious once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the meantime, we wish you a summer worthy of the great humorist Erma Bombeck — namely, one that includes scenic drives with the windows rolled down, long afternoons spent sitting cross-legged on the lawn without worrying about grass stains, more ice cream … and more I love yous.