Sekt continues Otto’s Central European farm-to-table comfort fare theme, featuring simple, “peasant”-style small plates, all based on his Slovak family recipes. Rustic Blini are made on 100+ years old cast iron using only stone-ground unbromated flour and fresh yeast. They are complimented by beet juice-cured fish, terrines made from sweet NYS farm-raised pork, Hungarian wine-braised Black Angus short ribs, Late Harvest Tokaj-spiked chocolate ganache and other sweet and savory morsels.
The menu is complemented by an esoteric wine list that features some hard-to find Hungarian, Austrian and German sparkling wines (Sekts), along with classic by-the-glass Champagne, Prosecco and Cava. Still whites, reds and rotating beers also represent the region. The entire wine list is comprised of producers employing sustainable farming methods.
Sekt interior was designed and mostly hand-built by Otto during the summer of 2013, using reclaimed wood from Hurricane Sandy, recycled concrete gravel and art by his father Otto Zizak Senior. Otto hopes that visiting Sekt will convey a feeling of a casual family dinner, like the ones he experienced as a child in his grandparents’ farmhouse in Easter Czechoslovakia. Enjoy!