Owner Safet Kurtovic (Central Park Boathouse) gives the Gotham Hotel restaurant a French-American revamp. In the 55-seat dining room, chef Kay Choe (Jean Georges) doles out saffron crab cakes with tomato petals; mushroom-encrusted halibut with hazelnuts and asparagus; and a braised oxtail burger topped with a quail egg. Sommelier Michael Velic showcases small American producers from California, Washington and Oregon, while cocktails like the Poire French Fizz (pear vodka, St. Germain and lime juice) echo the restaurant's Gallic accent. Photos of Manhattan skyscrapers and a mural of the Brooklyn Bridge adorn the exposed-brick walls, with floors made of 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood.
The Gotham Hotel, 16 E 46th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–3:30pm, 5:30–10pm; Sat 5:30–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average main course: $24. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|