For more than 40 years, Marian McPartland gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music: jazz improvisation.
As the host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances, she reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. She interviewed practically every major jazz musician of the post-World War II era.
SKÁL is the new restaurant (from the same owners, I believe) that has opened in the space that previously housed Les Enfants Terribles. It is, from everything I've read/learned, an Icelandic restaurant; and since I've never been to Iceland, I guess what's been written is good enough for me.
Understand, I never really liked Les Enfants after it "matured." Early on, I think the food was pretty decent, but it turned into a total scene that wasn't our scene and the last few times we dined there we were less than impressed. As a matter of fact, annoyed might even be a better term.
Some of what we ate (on what was evidently opening night) was pretty tasty. For instance, the broccoli (roasted, which is always a plus in my book) with green garlic and anchovies was nice and funky.
The duck wings, on the other hand, served over a sauce made of red seaweed and mussels, weren't to our liking. I think if they fried them, they'd be better than however they were prepared. They needed some crunch. And some flavor.
The boudin blanc, served with baby turnips (good) and some raw (of course) mustard greens, was okay, but with my favorite sausage place a few blocks away, I won't be rushing here for the boudin.
For dessert, our choices were beetroot with summer berries and skyr or Shiro Plum with flowering coriander. We chose the plums. My kingdom for some beer porridge, please.
It looked to be a nice cocktail list, but after a homemade Absinthe-tinged Manhattan of high quality, we decided to stick with wines by the glass. They were jiggering, which if I were a betting man, I'd say won't last long. I'd also lay odds that it ends up being the same type of crowd that frequently could be seen at Les Enfants.
Service was exceedingly nice. There are some other dishes on the menu that look good enough to at least try. Weeknights will be the way to do that.