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Mon - Thu: 12PM - 10PM
“Another triumph” from Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, this Chelsea “winner” hits all the marks with its “spectacular” American fare, “serious” wine selection and “gorgeous”, “grown-up” setting overseen by a “polished” team; ok, it’s “not cheap by any means”, but the “more casual” Tap Room offers the “same quality and service” at a gentler price.
Unlike a lot of celebrity chefs on TV, Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio serves food that wouldn't actually get him kicked off his own show. At his namesake restaurant you can go low key in the Tap Room, which has lots of available walk-in seating, or eat in the dining room, where you'll need a reservation if you don't want to wait 90 minutes (call at least one week in advance). The new-American menu follows in the wake of the farm-to-table surge, with a focus on unorthodox meats like rabbit and beef cheeks.
Don't be surprised to find guys in suits and girls in high heels grabbing a bite before a night out in the nearby Meatpacking District, but feel free to stroll in wearing Converse and jeans. The space used to be the New York outpost of Craftsteak, Colicchio's extravagant steakhouse at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, so it has some remnants of the bravado you might see on the strip, like high ceilings, black leather booths and imposing towers of wine lining the walls.
The Tap Room's hearth bar is a popular draw (get there before 7:00 to beat the dinner crowds). Sip one of the rotating craft beers or ciders and stare into the wood-burning oven and open kitchen to see how all the food is made. Sample some east-or-west coast oysters with your drinks, or try the addictive mussels with garlic and Fresno chiles.
The seasonal menu in the dining room is constantly evolving, and the chefs finalize it around 4:00pm, so call ahead if you want a preview. You'll find everything from roasted rabbit served with pork sausage and garlic confit to pancetta-wrapped monkfish, and if you settle in at the bar in the Tap Room, you won't be able to resist the smells of their pizzas. The black cabbage, sofrito & speck pie is a lot more fun than your run-of-the-mill margherita.
If it's your birthday—don't be shy. They do special birthday celebrations, but don't worry, they won't get up on your table and sing.
A/C/E train to 14th St., L Train to 8th Ave.
What to tell a cabbie
Take me to the corner of 10th Ave. and 15th St.
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