By Derek Jech
Stepping into Bar Americain, you immediately notice a comfortable warmth that radiates throughout the establishment. Welcoming orange hues partner with sleek and commanding brown lines. The design of the resturant is modern, and the bar is jumping. Every design element from the rounded ceiling, suspended lights, mezzanine seating and patterned floor are all as meticulously planned as the menu. Prepare for a “five senses” dining experience.
The culinary journey starts with flavorful pumpkin soup. The rich, smooth texture of the delightful puree blended with toasted pumpkin seeds and cranberry-maple crème fraîche inspires a perfect balance of sweet and savory. The meal continues with gala apple salad. The apples are extremely fresh, their tart flavor flawlessly complementing the walnuts, Maytag blue cheese and pomegranates. This unique mix of flavors, not normally associated with one another, combine to create a world-class dish. For the main course, the rib-eye steak is sublime. The spice rub creates a brilliant flavor, juicy and delicately cooked to perfection. Even the Bar Americain steak sauce is heavenly. The steak is coupled with brussel sprouts, served with hazelnuts and pomegranates. The explosion of flavor is blissful. I order seconds, then thirds.
Many guests come to Bar Americain with high expectations. After all, the restaurant is owned by Bobby Flay, one of the worlds most respected chefs. Judging by the smiling faces of the surrounding men and women, his superb reputation will only continue to grow. Flay has done it again, captivating the taste America loves and presenting comfortable dishes in an assertive manner. The portions are generous, and his menu is a New York City hit. Prepare to be impressed with the entire experience: regal setting, gorgeous dining room, impeccable service, solicitous waitstaff, faultless food and wonderful ambiance. From the moment you open the front door until the meal concludes, even your wildest expectations will be surpassed.
212 265 9700
152 West 52nd Street
New York, NY