Food Network behemoth Bobby Flay’s American brasserie hits the old showman stride here. Though the menu often speaks to the tastes of the tourists who stock the Rockwell-designed space, the kitchen does turn out the occasional gem. The bustling room, complete with deep banquettes and vaulted ceilings hung with massive orange lamps, is a fitting stage for the raw bar’s theatric dispatches, like sweet lobster meat given a vibrant jolt from avocado and sprigs of fresh chervil, and crabmeat that dallies with cubes of just-cut mango. Follow the kitchen’s lead and focus on the steaks: Caked in a spicy rub and seared to perfection, the meats make a fine foil to kicked-up sides like a cauliflower and goat-cheese gratin.
|Venue name:||Bar Americain||Contact:|
152 W 52nd St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–10pm; Tue–Thu 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–11:30pm; Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|