The best kind of dinner party is one where you don’t have to lift a finger—and that’s what toque Chris Meenan (Veritas) is after with this rustic, family-style eatery. Designed with group dining in mind, the space is dominated by wooden farm tables, adorned with homey antique wares like a cast-iron stove, hay pulleys and candlestick phones retrofitted as light fixtures. The menu features three types of large-format meals: regional American (such as a New Orleans–themed affair featuring blackened sea scallops, smoked-duck gumbo and boiled crawfish); a seasonal, market-driven spread teeming with spaghetti squash, mushroom strudel and beet “frites”; and a nose-to-tail experience starring a rotating cast of beasts.
102 Third Ave
|Cross street:||between 12th and 13th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 7:30am–11pm, Thu–Sat 7:30am–1am, Sun 7:30am–4pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave; L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average feast: $40/person. AmEx, MC, V|