I always love it when new restaurants come to town – makes me giddy with excitement to see if it will be a place that I can call home. I had heard about Parc Central for a few months from friends who talked about their amazing Happy Hour and the live bands that play Thursday – Sunday. Needless to say, I was super excited to go check out this place in the Scottsdale Quarter. Just like the name suggests, Parc Central’s ambiance and surroundings are inspired from Central Park – down to the swanky lounge atmosphere with unabashed New York City glamor set against Arizona’s desert landscape. I was blessed to sit on their patio and enjoy a cool spring evening. Before I sat down though, I checked out both bars (that’s right – 2 bars!), their private dining room, and of course the restrooms – I admit, I am always curious to see how they are decorated.
I saw this glorious Wine Wall and thought I died and went to Heaven. Do you think they’d let me move in?
First up was the City Garden – which was a bubbly blend of cucumber vodka, peach schnapps, champagne, and lime. Two of my favorite ingredients (champagne and lime) in one drink – sign me up! Ok, I might have had two… but shhhh, our secret.
I was happy to be there with my partner in crime, J.E. Pizarro with Foodies Like Us as we tried some of their Happy Hour menu. I have to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings, but also, about the prices. They sure know what Happy Hour means! The evening started out with a bowl of crispy beet chips. I need to state for the record that I *hate* beets. Seriously do. Well, let’s just say, I love beet chips! Wow. I almost ordered a second bowl. We then shared the Prime Beef Carpaccio that came with Kalamata olives, salty capers, fresh arugula, and a tangy dijon vinaigrette for $6. Look at all meat on this plate! The Carpaccio was full of flavor and the arugula accented the beef beautifully.
Next up was the Fromage and Charcuterie Board, complete with figs, stuffed olives, and artisan crackers. If you don’t know this about me by now – I love cheese. So anytime I can order a meat and cheese board, I’m on it. It came with three different types of meat and cheeses – I was in carnivore heaven! Hmmm prosciutto…
For dinner, J.E. chose the Grilled Lobster Lasagna and it came with a ton of lobster on top and on each layer. It was made with fresh-made lasagna noodles, fontina, baby wilted spinach, and buerre blanc. I kept asking for bites of this dish so I could taste the layers of flavors. I had never thought to put lobster into a lasagna and would definitely recommend this dinner to any seafood lover. This was paired with Sterling’s Sauvignon Blanc – the dryness of the wine brought out the rich flavors in the sauce.
I have had a lot of steak over the years… it is by far my favorite meal. This is the first time I have had one with Boursin Cheese melted on top of it. This Bousin Cheese Crusted Ribeye is my new bff. A succulent, juicy ribeye drizzled with a truffle sauce as the Boursin cheese lends this steak a remarkable flavor. It is really hard to describe. I just know I want it again! The ribeye was coupled with au gratin potatos and a wild mushroom-asparagus ragout. I paired this beautifully with Rosenblum’s Zinfandel – the richness of this wine balances well with the robustness of the ribeye. Match made in foodie heaven I tell ya.
What was cool about this night was that I had an assortment of friends join me over a few hour period. None of them had ever been to Parc Central before and I was happy to make the introduction. The servers here are so freaking nice and attentive, I was stunned – was I really in Scottsdale? One thing that Parc Central could improve upon is to have more gluten-free choices, or better yet, a whole gluten-free menu. One of my friends had a hard time with the menu because of his severe food allergies.
Call today to make reservations – you won’t regret it. They do take walk-ins, but why chance it? This is a great place to bring your client for lunch, a perfect place to celebrate your birthday, and a romantic dinner setting for your anniversary. On a first date? Pony up to the bar and relax with one of their signature Martinis.
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254