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 at first 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||Contact:|
12 E 12th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and University Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–2:15pm, 5:30–9:45pm; Fri noon–2:15pm, 5:30–10pm; Sat 5-10:30pm; Sun 5–9:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $45|
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Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
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- 4 star:1
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I live right around the corner, so Gotham Bar and Grill is a staple spot for me and my fiancé. I'm not a big meat eater, which is ironic that this place is a staple of ours since the menu weighs heavily toward meat, but when I am in the mood for it, this is our place to go. The duck here is by far the best duck dish I've ever had. Often times it can be overdone and greasy, but the dish here is tender and flavored to perfection. It's a little upscale, but not too formal to turn you away if you are walking in the neighborhood and looking for a place to stop for a quick bite. While it can be pretty packed, bar seating for dinner is often available and another way to enjoy the food in a more casual setting.