The moment I entered the restaurant, I felt warm and cozy. The exposed white brick walls, hard wood floors, luxurious natural fabrics and metal fixtures took me out of New York.
I started the dinner off with a few appetizers. The first dish was Tuna Ceviche. The fish was incredibly fresh and topped with a slightly sweet pineapple vignette dressing that did not overwhelm the tuna but really brought out its flavor. It was complimented with jicama and jalapeño for a little kick.
Another appetizer I tried was the fried octopus. It was crispy and cooked just right. The dish was served with a white bean salad and a delicious salsa verde sauce. I thought it was a nice contrast to the octopus.
The third, and definitely my favorite, appetizer was the veal sweet breads! Oh. My. God. One bite and my taste buds were in heaven! The veal was crisp and cooked to perfection. The pairing of apple purée was a sweet twist to the salty breaded veal. The pickled celery root and horseradish was a burst of amazing flavors.
I wanted to have a fun drink with my dinner. In the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City”, I decided to have the ‘Caribbean Cosmo’. It was a beautiful shade of passion pink and tasted sweet and sour with a kick of Vodka. I also tried the ‘Mahalo’. I got this drink because of the unique combination of smoky mezcal with house-made Bloody Mary mix.
Seems like a weird combination, right? Well, it was surprisingly delicious. This is coming from someone who doesn’t like Bloody Mary’s, but loves mezcal. I suppose I now know what I need to add to all my future Bloody Marys! I enjoyed this drink so much that I ordered it again at Lovage Rooftop Indoor Lounge. To my surprise, this time it was served in a fun skull cup!
For dinner, we tried the braised ox cheek, served with miner’s lettuce, fava beans, and shiitake mushrooms. The ox was amazingly tender and filled with rich flavors.
I had the sea scallops with spiced carrot puree and english peas. This dish was well balanced and I highly recommend ordering it. The scallops were cooked just right and topped with a flavorful green chimichurri sauce. I could’ve ate just the sauce for dinner - it was that good!
Already pretty stuffed, I had to try one dessert since every other dish was great. I ordered the chocolate cake. It was topped with whipped cream and raspberries. The flavor was rich and a great ending to my meal.
After having my 3-course dinner, I went up to Lovage Rooftop to enjoy a cocktail with a view. There are hundreds of rooftop bars in New York so my expectations were high. Decorated with luxurious couches and mood lighting, the indoor rooftop lounge was seductive and romantic. I ordered the ‘Tiki for Two’, which was served in a copper pineapple. Can it get any better than drinking out of a pineapple while taking in the gorgeous city skyline? I think not!
Next thing you know, it was 11:30pm! I didn’t realize I spent over four hours having dinner and enjoying drinks. By far, it was the most enjoyable Monday night I’ve had in a while.
Magnolia Restaurant and Lovage Rooftop are located at 350 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. Magnolia is open daily from 7:00am - 4:00am. To see their menu or book a reservation visit MagnoliaNYC.com. To learn more about Lovage and check out their hours visit LovageNYC.com.
We were invited guests to Magnolia Restuarant and Lovage Rooftop Lounge, however, the opinions are our own.