Note: My enthusiasm for Dominic was evidently not widely shared. It closed in mid-2007. Truth to tell, I was always surprised it lasted as long as it did, as it was never crowded, and it was always offering happy-hour and holiday specials. As of September 2007, the space was still vacant.
Last week, I had to arrange dinner for 31 people in TriBeCa. I wanted something memorable, but not ridiculously expensive. Dominic was the low bidder, at $55 per head, beating out places like Devin Tavern and City Hall by a considerable margin. The price included a half-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres.
I knew from past experience that the restaurant would do a solid job with the food, and the crowd would enjoy Dominic’s sleek interior and Latin ambiance.
The set menu offered a choice of three appetizers, three mains and three desserts, as follows:
Seared Beef Carpaccio (truffle cheese, sweet and sour onions, Manodori balsamico)
Classic Caesar Salad (prepared tableside)
Risotto Farm Style (sautéed shrimp, basil and truffle oil)
Spinach, Ricotta and Corn Ravioli (balsamic brown butter)
Grilled Salmon (olive tapenade, slow roasted fennel, red wine)
Grilled Hangar Steak (grilled trevisano and asparagus sald, wild mushrooms, bone marrow gremolata)
Molten Chocolate Cake (raspberry chocolate sauce)
Apple Crepes Tart (vanilla tuile and caramel sauce)
Our Famous Sognos “Beautiful little dreams” (cinammon sugar puffs, raspberry & chocolate dipping sauces)
At this type of meal, one just says a prayer that courses will be served together, without significant delays, and without tasting like it was catered for a VFW convention. Dominic did a whole lot better than that, and indeed everyone was pleased. I would add that they extended the open bar to a full hour at no extra charge, and had custom-printed menus for the occasion. The maitre d’ also selected a very respectable Syrah at $32 a bottle, which is a good $8–10 less than what one might have paid for the same bottle elsewhere in town.
With tax and tip, the bill came out to around $91 a person. Every other place I checked was at least $20 a head more. The three dishes I had (the risotto, the salmon, and the cinammon sugar puffs) were all competently prepared. Actually, I’m going to remember those cinammon puffs for a long time.
Dominic (349 Greenwich Street between Harrison & Jay Streets, TriBeCa)