As I mentioned in a previous post, I have an unhealthy obsession with small plates. From Spanish tapas to family style, knowing I can try a little bit of everything makes my heart (and stomach) sing. My family and I purposefully choose restaurants that serve small plates or family style so that we can all sample as much as we can. On this instance, we went to Gather in Lincoln Square. They serve American style dishes with a unique flair. They are also noted for their European wine selections and craft cocktails.
We started with one appetizer each because we really have a bad habit of wanting to try the whole menu. We ordered the uovo raviolo, cured salmon and steak tartare. The uovo raviolo (egg ravioli) was one of the best things to have ever graced my taste buds. The flavors were rich and savory – I could eat that for a week straight and not be tired of it. The cured salmon and the steak tartare were both incredible as well. The brioche bread that came with the cured salmon was so flavorful I could eat a whole loaf of it.
For cocktails, I always look for a few keywords: vodka, gin or tequila and some sort of fruit. I don’t typically venture out of that territory and happily fulfill the stereotype of girls only ordering fruity drinks. A combination of these ingredients came together in their Overnight Sensation cocktail, which includes Tito’s vodka, fresh raspberry and blackberry, and lime juice. It had a good balance of flavors and wasn’t too strong.
One last thing to note is the dining atmosphere at Gather. On the inside, it’s comfortable and homey and the wait staff know the menu and flavors impeccably well. I would, without doubt, recommend coming here with friends or family, it’s a guaranteed wonderful dining experience.
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