For years, I've been reading about Zuni in Gourmet magazine. "The chicken! The burger! The fries!" the food critics would shout from the rooftops.
After RENT (which was so awesome), we decided to see if we could get into Zuni without a reservation. Yeah, we totally did and we didn't even have to wait!
We ordered the heirloom tomato and arugula salad, the shoestring fries, and the chicken!
The salad was really refreshing - with an extremely light, flavorful olive oil. The shoestring fries were fried in peanut oil and salted juuust right. Oh, and I LOVE homemade ketchup!
Okay, so was the $50 chicken that took an hour to make worth it?
Wow. Yes. I mean, I think everyone should order it for the experience. And then, just be really, really happy because it's, well, the most perfectly cooked chicken you will ever have. It's melt-in-your-mouth juicy, brined in salt for 24 hours but not salty, and the bread salad is where the wow factor comes in. The best stuffing ever - vinegar-y, crunchy, moist, sprinkled with pine nuts and currants. I want to figure out how to make it for Thanksgiving.
Service was polite, but aloof and the mojito was bland, but those are really the only cons. Sure, $50 is a ton of money for chicken, but you can feed 3-4 people with it.