Chef-owner Alfred Portale made his name with towering New American constructions, and though the menu doesn’t push any boundaries, the execution is impressive—as is the restaurant’s soaring, masculine space. A beet and mango salad with fennel, red onions and feta sounds like any other upscale beet salad. But the beautifully simple dish—deep red and vibrant orange cubes with ribbons of shaved vegetables on a narrow, rectangular plate—has a presentation as sharp as its crystalline flavors. Juicy fried soft-shell crabs with morels, fresh peas, ramps and couscous is a thoroughly satisfying, borderline architectural tangle of bodies and legs. It’s pricey, but Gotham delivers.
Gotham Bar and Grill
|Venue name:||Gotham Bar and Grill|
12 E 12th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and University Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–2:15pm, 5:30–10pm; Fri noon–2:15pm, 5:30–11pm; Sat 5–11pm; Sun 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $36. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|