James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz’s eponymous restaurant takes the cake on seasonal eats with creative takes on American classics
This buzzy restaurant is a true star. Decor and menu are classy yet casual, and the service also strikes just the right note. The interior mixes industrial chic—concrete floors, exposed ducts—with warmth (red lamps, flickering candles, modern art and a brick oven glowing from the open kitchen). With an emphasis on local ingredients, the high-end comfort food ticks all the right boxes. Mains change daily but might include a selection of wood-fired pizzas; duck confit with brussels sprouts, wild rice and pomegranate; steak au poivre; and pan-roasted chicken. For something lighter, opt for a selection from the raw bar, which is brimming with all sorts of fresh seafood.
Time Out tip: Dinner reservations are essential at the popular restaurant but seats at the bar overlooking the bustling kitchen are first-come, first-served.
|Venue name:||Michael's Genuine Food & Drink||Contact:|
130 NE 40th St
|Cross street:||at NE 1st Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm; Fri–Sat 11:30am–3pm, 5:30pm–midnight; Sun 11am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm|
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