Last night Brasserie Beaumarchais threw a birthday bash celebrating its landmark 1 year Anniversary in the Meatpacking District. The Parisian Cabaret-themed party featured burlesque dancers from The Love Show, cocktails by Moet & Hennessey, and mouth-watering red velvet cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. Guests were treated to a complimentary dinner (anything and everything on the menu!), which included delicious appetizers like Tuna Tartare De Ton, main dishes like Homard Rôti Du Maine lobster, and of course, their infamous $40 vanilla ice cream Mega Sundae. Doused in hot chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles with homemade chocolate chip cookies, and served in a 50 oz. martini glass, this is one dessert that is not for the faint of heart --or the calorie counter! To top it off, the massive mound of sugary goodness comes out blazing with sparklers. Yes, the same sparklers that come out when you order bottle service at a club.
Beaumarchais, like its fellow MPD restaurants, combines delicious food with a popping party atmosphere. Resident DJ Marco Paruzzi kept the celebration going with an array of beats from house and rock, to Top 40. Between the constant flow of champagne, endless fare, and tabletop burlesque dancers, Beaumarchais threw what can only be described as a serious rager. As the evening went on, naturally it got more and more exuberant as guests started dancing on their chairs and tables; while the burlesque dancers started dousing themselves in champagne, essentially topless wearing only suspenders and black "X" formed tape over their nipples. Not that we batted an eye about it. It's a French restaurant, after all. Keeping with French tradition, the burlesque dancers performed a Moulin Rouge-esque can-can number and kept the party increasingly upbeat.
But enough about the half-naked ladies, let's talk about the real stars of the night: the delectable dishes. If you haven't been to Beaumarchais, we recommend you go. Stat. Every dish we had was absolutely delicious. We started with the Artichaut Vinaigrette (steamed artichoke, tomato confit, black olives, fresh basil, tossed in dijon vinaigrette), the Gnocchi à la Parisienne (homemade black truffle gnocchi with parmesan tuile, and baby watercress) and the Tartare de Thon (tuna tartar with avocado and plantain chips) followed by the Homard Rôti Du Maine (maine lobster, trumpet royale mushroom, beet greens, lemons, fingerling potatoes, lobster mushroom cream) and the Coquilles Saint Jacques (pan seared sea scallops, celery root purée, celery, frisée, tomato confit). You will not be disappointed with any of these dishes, but here's a pointer: the Tartare de Thon, Gnocchi à la Parisienne, and Homard Rôti Du Maine were heaven on my taste buds. Just FYI. We finished our feast with the Les Profiteroles (puff pastry with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce) and Crème Brûlée (vanilla custard served with passion fruit sorbet). If you're a fan of Crème Brûlée, you must get this dessert. It was easily the best I've ever had. Smooth, buttery, and carmelized to perfection.
While we were tempted to top our delicious gluttonous feast off with the sparkler infused "Mega Sundae," we decided that it was best to save our stomachs from further assault and skip out while we still had our dignity. (No one wants to be rolled out of a restaurant, ya know.) So we bid Beaumarchais and all its champagne popping glory adieu on an exhilarating albeit stuffed-to-the-brim note.
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