Food Network behemoth Bobby Flay’s American brasserie hits the old showman stride here. Though the menu often speaks to the tastes of the tourists who stock the Rockwell-designed space, the kitchen does turn out the occasional gem. The bustling room, complete with deep banquettes and vaulted ceilings hung with massive orange lamps, is a fitting stage for the raw bar’s theatric dispatches, like sweet lobster meat given a vibrant jolt from avocado and sprigs of fresh chervil, and crabmeat that dallies with cubes of just-cut mango. Follow the kitchen’s lead and focus on the steaks: Caked in a spicy rub and seared to perfection, the meats make a fine foil to kicked-up sides like a cauliflower and goat-cheese gratin.
|Venue name:||Bar Americain||Contact:|
152 W 52nd St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–10pm; Tue–Thu 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–11:30pm; Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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A great option for a classic NYC brasserie experience in and around the Times Square area. Beautiful setting with high ceilings and plenty of space - not crammed in like with many Midtown restaurants. I opted for the hot smoked salmon dish and ended up being the envy of my other lunch guests. Also check out the tuna tartare, which we shared for an appetizer, as it was definitely up there with the best I've had. Service was fast but without feeling rushed, which was the perfect balance. A solid business lunch consideration if you're looking for somewhere with a varied menu and efficient service. Only slight criticism would be the decor is a little Manhattan-of-the-90s so some aesthetic updates would keep it fresh and a little more modern.
Great location with ample rooms and high ceilings with a superb decor, very "New York". Service was good and we had a good lunch there (eight of us). Spicy tuna tartare was really excellent, the caesar salad was yummy, however, the Mussels Americain with fries, not so much. I did not understand the green sauce to eat these "a-la-Belgium", or at least that was my expectation. My colleagues had steaks and fillet mignons, and chicken, and they all found the food great. I'll be back.