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Mon - Wed: 12PM - 10:30PM
Thu: 12PM - 11PM
This “bustling” Flatiron American is “all it’s cracked up to be”, pairing a “first-rate” “market-driven” menu with “unbelievable” cocktails in “charming, unstuffy” surrounds “popular” with the “see-and-be-seen” set; be ready to pay, and “plan ahead” since snagging a rez is a “project in and of itself.”
If anyone can pull off a restaurant on the ground floor of an upscale furniture and design store, it's Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The legendary French chef, who is known to cook for heads of state and for bringing four-star cooking to your kitchen with his cookbooks, has taken the farm-to-table movement to the next level. You don't have to worry about your carbon footprint at ABC Kitchen. Everything on the constantly evolving menu is "consciously sourced," from the line-caught tuna to the field greens, according to its cardboard menus made of repurposed boxes. Jean-Georges uses locally-sourced ingredients when available at this Nouveau American spot.
With its open plan, the restaurant is drenched with light during the day and could easily be mistaken for a well-decorated farmhouse. The crowd is casual, ranging from downtown ladies who lunch to young professionals in blue blazers and neighborhood folks who've made the short walk from nearby Gramercy Park. The menu is full of pleasantly unfamiliar vegetables, cheeses, and fruits, like the sucrine salad with huckleberries and mammuth cheese. For carnivores: the akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos is as good any haute burger you'll find in New York. And if you like the clay-fired plates that your meal was served on, you can purchase them upstairs at ABC Carpet & Home.
The restaurant won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2011, so a reservation, which they take 31 days in advance, is recommended.
4, 5, 6; L; N, Q, R to Union Square
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