My first New Year’s Eve living in Brooklyn, I was beyond excited to celebrate with a low key night: great food and great company. My boyfriend and I had a late dinner reservation at Soigne in Park Slope at 10:30 p.m. to ring in the new year.
Soigne (486 6th Avenue at 12th Street in Brooklyn)
According to their site, Soigne (pronounced swan-yay) is French for “to take care of,” carefully and elegantly done, to finish with the greatest of care. Those words to which I completely agree.
To start off dinner, we were tempted by the crispy pork belly, but ended up going with the cheese tasting of three. Our choices included Bucheron from France, Grafton Reserve Cheddar from Vermont and Pecorino Boschetto Tartufo from Italy. With side of compote, rosemary crackers and sliced bread, this appetizer was superb.
For the main meal, I went with the French Breast of Amish Chicken which included roasted brussel sprouts, house-cured bacon lardons, fingerling potatoes and a sherry-chicken jus. My boyfriend chose the Tenderloin of Beef with hash brown potato, sunchoke creamed spinach, chanterelles and sauce perigordine.
Rounding out what was turning into the most perfect New Year’s Eve dinner I’ve ever had, we chose the “coffee ‘n doughnuts” which consisted of four cinnamon-sugared bite-sized doughnuts paired with a gillies coffee crème brûlée.
Add in some fun party accessories and New Year’s Eve hats, tiaras and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, Soigne was the perfect spot to ring in 2014 with the a low-key and classy bang.
Photo courtesy of Facebook / Soigne.