The World Cup kicked off last week, and the U.S. debuted with a win last night. With three and a half weeks of the tournament left to enjoy, not only is Tribeca steakhouse Dylan Prime showing the matches in their lounge, they happen to have the quintessential global bite to go along with them: mini beef wellingtons ($15). Sure, there is much dispute about its origin. Some believe beef wellington was born in England as a name check to the first Duke of Wellington; others contest it was created in Wellington, New Zealand. And the dish does seem to be a riff off the French filet de boeuf en croute. But doesn’t this melting pot history make it seem quintessentially American?
Even if the ref’s call is still out on the origin, the hors d’oeuvre-sized versions at Dylan Prime score: tender filet mignon cubes are covered with a mushroom duxelle paste that melts over the meat when cooked. The bites are wrapped in a buttery puff pastry, baked until golden and served five to a plate. Available only in the lounge portion of the restaurant, the dish was introduced upon Dylan’s opening in 2000. They are so popular that when they were briefly removed from the menu after a recent renovation, patrons cried “foul!” until they came back. At the next match, order them up, don’t be embarrassed to call the game soccer and don’t forget to cheer for the red, white and blue. U-S-A! U-S-A!
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