Gotham Bar and Grill

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Warm chocolate cake at Gotham Bar and Grill
Greenwich Village
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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.
Venue name: Gotham Bar and Grill
Address: 12 E 12th St
New York
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
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