Quality Evening…

I just went on a “blind date” to a new restaurant created by a major player in the NYC dining scene.

Quality Bistro is the new kid on the block for Major Branded restaurant group.

The captivating midtown French bistro opened last week.

The date had it’s mishaps, but Quality shined through with a winning personality.

The match was imagined when I read that Quality Bistro serves escargot…dreams do come true.

Believe me, the classic escargot preparation is tough to come by.

For instance, the wildly popular Frenchette serves it as Brouillade with soft scrambled eggs and escargot…I want to work for my escargot just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

The Quality Bistro escargot was served in a buttery green garlic sauce which was fabulous and mopping up the broth with pieces of piping hot brioche was all I could imagine ($26/dozen).

The escargot were matched with a lovely 2016 Quality Bordeaux Cabernet blend ($18) and the rest of the gang ordered Aviation gin martinis which were served in attractive stemware ($19).

We also successfully ordered the special Rustic Winter Salad with endive, persimmons, walnuts and mint. The Winter Salad was cold, crisp and delectable ($15).

From this point on the food was downhill, but Inna, our empathetic and accommodating server from Siberia righted all the wrongs along with the highly professional, attentive and gracious assistant general manager, Corrie Michael.

We selected Manila Clams Marinieres marinated with sake, citrus and chili ($17). They arrived cold and highly spiced.

The Seared Diver Scallops with black truffles,  potato and bacon were beautiful, but, alas, cold ($38).

The kitchen remade both, but the next round was so salty that the food was rendered inedible.

The signature Quality Meats Corn Brûlée arrived  with a bit of a chill.

The second attempt was terrific, tantalizing our tastebuds with the crunchy, sweet caramelized brûlée crust and underneath awaited the delectable, airy fresh corn mixture ($16).

While awaiting the redos, we were offered delicious orange accented fresh, tender carrots ($13).

Ultimately, management took all the misses off the check.

At the end of the meal we were treated to a unique dessert which combined strawberry grapefruit sorbet, balsamic, caviar and champagne ($11).

Management also sent over a lovely Lillet aperitif ($15).

The service at the 200 seat, multi-level restaurant was impeccable, the decor inviting and the hospitality incredible.

Next time I would order escargot, salad, an adult beverage and perhaps a steak which Quality Meats, Smith & Wollensky and Quality Eats are all well known for.

Chef Antonio Mora, who previously worked at Daniel and Frankie’s, creates classic and contemporary French dishes for the new dining establishment.

The Quality Bistro menu is quite extensive, varied  and appealing.

The “dining date” was well mannered and attractive with some fixable character flaws…all in all, worth a second go round after the opening week kinks are eliminated.

Quality Bistro 120 West 55th Street New York City. Monday-Wednesday 5-10:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-11:30pm, Sunday 5-10pm. Open for Lunch and Brunch in Spring 2020. Reservations on OpenTable.com.

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