We were less than 3 hours into what was going to be a fabulous weekend in New York City when we walked through the doors of Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. Located at 152 52nd Street in between 6th and 7th Avenue, it was walking distance from our hotel – 6 Columbus Circle: A Thomson Hotel. For those that don’t know this is just north of Times Square in Midtown Manhattan.
We would recommend that you make a reservation at least a few days in advance to ensure you get the seating time your looking for. When we arrived at 8pm, the restaurant was buzzing and even then we had to wait at the bar for a few minutes while they found us a table. Don’t get us wrong though…heading over to the bar isn’t a bad way to kick off a night!
Drinks at the Bar
Being Bobby Flay’s ode to American cuisine, their beer list had some goodies on it including some great Dogfish Brewery selections (which Mikey loved when he first tried it at The Butchershop in Boston). Despite this great brew on the list, Mikey decided to start the evening off with a pint of Sixpoint Brownstone’s American Brown Ale out of Brooklyn, NY and followed it up with a Blue Point Oatmeal Stout from Patchogue, NY.
Micky loves Savignon Blanc, but is particularly partial to these grapes from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. She decided to go with a fruity, yet flavourful glass of Starborough 2011.
For our appetizer we decided to keep it light and went with an order of Raw Eastern Oysters. Also known as Atlantic or Virginia Oysters, they were well prepared and really fresh. As per usual they were served on a bed of ice and came with a tangy vinegar sauce and fresh lemon.
Liking to keep it natural, we slurped most of our oysters with a little squeeze of lemon. Creamy is how Mikey digs his, but Micky does likes to have a bit of a seafoody (our own word) taste to them. These particular oysters had a bit of a seafoody flavour to them.
Mikey was thrilled with his choice of main – Porterhouse Lamb Chops with Mustard Barbecue Sauce and a Sweet Potato Gratin. He decided to go with medium rare, as this is typically a great way to have an earthy and tender lamb texture and flavour.
Micky went to the sea and had – Cast Iron Swordfish swimming in a Federal Hill Quahog Sauce with Gold Corn Clams. The Swordfish was really well cooked, being flaky and tender and not under/over cooked. Micky’s main came solo with no sides, which we thought was a bit odd, especially when you’re paying a hefty price for an entree.
We were forced (well no one was twisting our arms) to get a side of Asparagus to compliment her entree. These turned out to be one of the stars of show, as they were served with melted butter and capers! The capers added a nice punch of salty and tangy flavour to compliment with the sweetness of the grilled Asparagus.
Overall Bobby (or his regular staff rather) delivered on a great first meal on our NYC trip. One thing we found surprising was that for a restaurant that seats nearly 300 people, they only had two women’s toilets. When pay $25-30 for an entree, you don’t want to wait in line for the restroom. Would we go back? This hard to say. We’d probably go back to try something new, but with the world at your door in NYC, there are so many choices for foodies and it would have to be something special.
This opinions in this posts are those of Shallots and Chalets.