No Chewing Allowed
42nd Street and 6th Ave (Bryant Park)
City: New York, NY
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Family Friendly
Area: West 40s
Walking through the holiday market at Bryant Park we were stopped by a Frenchman asking us to try his truffles, and then he said, "no chewing allowed." Initially, I walked away. But after taking a few steps I decided to return. I was intrigued. After all, how difficult could it be?
Before taking a sample I was handed these instructions; "Squeeze it gently between your tongue and upper palate. It will start to melt immediately. Move it around in your mouth and feel the rich flavor come alive." So, I did.
It's not as easy as it sounds, avoiding the temptation to take a bite and achieve instant gratification. It's sort of like that wise old owl asking, "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop?" I believe it took three before he gave in. It is the same concept here.
So, I placed the small piece of truffle on my tongue. The first thing I noticed was the dryness of the cocoa powder. It was slighty bitter. Then the chocolate truffle began to melt away. It was rich and creamy with a subtle sweetness, and in this case, hints of hazelnut. I don't even like hazelnuts, but I liked this.
It also serves as a reminder to take time out of our busy lives and really savor the moment.
Review By: Thomas Rafael