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Halsey and Alice North's
42nd: Aureole New York — 135 West 42nd between Broadway/6th (212-319-1660 need reservations). CLASSY WITH GREAT SERVICE. Convenient to 42nd-46th Street theaters! We enjoyed two appetizers in the BAR ROOM — the Fall Market Salad of baby beet, radish, apple, pumpkin seed, turnip, orange $14 and braised short rib and chestnut agnolotti, celery root, apple, pomegranate $18 — and then we split the John Dory, Salsify, marble potatoes, swiss chard, verjus $38.
44th: etcetera etcetera — 352 West 44th east of 9th (212-399-4141). GOOD FOOD — THEATER DISTRICT. Basket of grilled focaccia with black olive tapenade. Amazing antipasti: Parma prosciutto over seasonal melon with grilled dates wrapped in pancetta $14, and baby arugula salad with avocado, hearts of palm, pine nuts, shaved Pecorino cheese $12. Remarkable entrees: veal meat balls with Parmigiano in a rich ''San Marzano'' tomato sauce served with EE French fries $24, and crispy roasted Cornish hen with lemon sauce, sautéed zucchini, roasted potatoes $25. Very good Brussels sprouts with pancetta $9. Gluten-free tagliatelle $26, gnocchi $18/26, and ravioli $18/26. Vegetarian & Vegan farfalle, penne or fusilli $15/23 and risotto $16/24. End with peach panna cotta with blueberry coulis $9.
44th: Shake Shack — 691 8th Ave, SW corner at 44th (646-435-0135). FAST FOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN BASED IN NEW YORK CITY. Burgers $4.29-$9.64. Hot dogs $3.30-$4.59. Fries without trans fats $2.99-3.99. Great frozen custard — hand-spun shakes $5.29-5.59 malted $5.79; root bear, purple cow, or creamsicle floats $5.29; cups and cones $3.59-$4.59. Concretes/dense frozen custard ice cream blended with mix-ins $4.59-$6.79. Lemonade $2.80-$3.55. Beer on draft $5.69-769. We suggest you avoid the wine.
44th: John's Pizzeria — 260 West 44th at 8th (212-391-7560). FORMER CHURCH WITH TIFFANY GLASS CEILING. Pizza $14.25-$22 plus toppings $2.00-$4.75. Roasted veggie platter $9. Crisp salads $9.50-$12.25. Garlic bread $4 half $7 whole loaf + $2.50 topped with melted mozzarella cheese. Homemade pasta pockets $12.75-$18. Vegetables $5.25 each — broccoli or spinach sautéed in garlic & oil. Entrees $14.75-$16.75. Paninis $11. Great desserts $5-$8.75, including chocolate mouse with molten caramel center, dusted with cocoa powder $7.25.
44th: Carmine's — 200 West 44th between 7th/8th (212-221-3800). FAMILY STYLE ITALIAN RESTAURANT. Serves generous portions at reasonable prices. Great for groups. Order a few dishes and share. Try serving bowl/platter size portions of mixed green salad with celery, onion, black and green olives, cucumbers and tomatoes $27.95; pasta with Bolognese meat sauce $34.95+; chicken Marsala $31.95; veal saltimbocca $41.95; lasagna $35.95; or chicken cutlet Parmigiana $33.95+. Save room for Italian cheesecake $25.95, bread pudding $21.95 or Tiramisu $23.95.
44th: The Lambs Club — in the Chatwal Hotel, 132 West 44th between Broadway/6th (646-926-5350). STANFORD WHITE-DESIGNED BUILDING opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club. We love the oversized 18th century French fireplace. Last fall, we enjoyed choosing from the Theatre Prix Fixe menu $49 — choices included: >autumn squash soup with ginger marshmallow, poached pear, cranberries, and cashews; >slow cooked halibut with frog's legs, Wapsie Valley Polenta, and Nicoise olives; and >double chocolate crème brulée with exotic fruit sorbet, Bosc pears, and caramelized popcorn.
44th: Triomphe in the Iroquois Hotel — 49 West 44th between 5th/6th (212-453-4233). FOR A VERY SPECIAL EVENING. We recommend Coop Inlet oysters $19; vegetarian stuffed quinoa cake with Cedric cheese, shiitake mushrooms, young spinach, red pepper coulis $29 or coriander crusted Australian lamb rack, foie-gras stuffed prunes, spinach, port wine reduction $39; and chocolate hazelnut pots de crème with whipped cream $9. Sides $7 include white asparagus, snap peas, baby artichoke ''Barigoule,'' Yukon gold potato gratin, saffron risotto.
45th: Junior's — West 45th between Broadway/8th (212-302-2000). 45TH AND SHUBERT ALLEY! Great NYC deli and traditional sandwiches $10-$23, burgers $9-16, BBQ $16.25-28.95, seafood $15.95-28, steaks, and Chef's specials $16.25-$23. Pickles & coleslaw arrive when seated. Soups $5-$7, potato pancakes with applesauce $4.95-$13, cheese blintzes with strawberry sauce & sour cream $15.35, skyscraper ice cream sodas/milk shakes/malts $6.95, sundaes $8.95-$9.25, famous original cheesecakes $6.75-7.25, strawberry shortcake $7, Dr. Brown's sodas $2.25. Patio seating, too. Arrive early; popular place. We arrived 11:25am for lunch, told them we were in a hurry, shared a brisket of beef on rye $12.95 & banana milkshake $6.95, and were in/out in 30 minutes. By 12:00 noon, long line waiting for seating.
46th: Joe Allen — 326 West 46th between 8th & 9th (212-581-6464). A FAVORITE OF ACTORS! RESERVE EARLY! We enjoy a table by the kitchen. Our favorites include grilled free range chicken marinated in garlic & spices, lemon & orange juices $23; meatloaf with mashed potatoes & gravy, and sautéed spinach $19; and house made fettuccine, spring peas, asparagus, cherry tomato, and ricotta salata cheese $19. Desserts are worth sharing, especially the chocolate pudding cake with walnuts, vanilla ice cream, and hot fudge $9.50 or the mixed berry crisp with country cream $9.50.
46th: Orso — 322 West 46th between 8th & 9th (212-489-7212). MAKE PLANS FOR A GREAT MEAL! Try the tasty insalata caprese with buffalo milk mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil $18; small pizza with prosciutto, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan cheese $17; and roast duck breast & confit, faro, corn, green onion, marsala sauce $34 followed by a chocolate lava cake $9.
47th: Blue Fin — 1567 Broadway at 47th in W Hotel (212-918-1400). TIMES SQUARE & GREAT PLACE FOR BREAKFAST MEETING: Oatmeal sample $10, cinnamon pecan raisin French toast $14, and eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon $16. Delicious for dinner: tastes-like-homemade Maine lobster bisque with shrimp & grapefruit $12. Roasted baby beets with crispy farro, pickled onions, ricotta salata, truffle crème fraiche $13; soft shell crab sushi rolls $13; and pan-seared Alaskan halibut with lemon herb gnocchi, petite Portobello mushrooms, jumbo lump crab $36. Save room for the going-to-the-theater warm chocolate chip cookies or caramel popcorn to-go $6!
47th/48th: Amarone Ristorante — 686 9th Avenue between 47th & 48th (212-245-6060). DELIGHTFUL SPOT. Start with the tasty Amarone salad with lettuce, artichokes, peppers, mozzarella, and shaved parmesan $11.95. Then enjoy fresh, homemade pasta, such as capellini di giovanni with shrimp, mushrooms and fresh chopped tomatoes $16.95 or linguine alle vongole with red or white clam sauce $20.95. For a meat course, try the veal piccata with white wine, lemon and capers $25.95. Finish with their elegant homemade cakes, pies, pastries or gelato.
49th: Churrascaria Plataforma — 316 West 49th between 9th/8th (212-245-0505) BRAZILIAN. Buffet of appetizers/salads then 17 different grilled BEEF, CHICKEN, FISH, PORK, LAMB ON SKEWERS. Prix fixe lunch Mon-Fri 12pm to 4pm: $39.95; Gourmet Salad Bar only: $25.95 and Sat-Sun: $46.95; Gourmet Salad Bar only: $29.95. Prix fixe dinner Sun-Thurs: $62.95; Gourmet Salad Bar only: $45.95 and Fri-Sat: $64.95; Gourmet Salad Bar only: $47.95. Senior Citizen: Lunch: $32.95, Dinner: $49.95. Military: Lunch: $32.95, Dinner: $52.95. Discount pricing for children, senior citizens, military and groups of 12 or more. Desserts/beverages extra.
49th: Magnolia Bakery — 1240 6th Avenue at 49th (212-767-1123). CUPCAKES AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER! The best sugar fix! Expect a line. Divine chocolate buttermilk or vanilla cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla icing $3.25 each. Red Velvet cupcakes with whipped vanilla icing or cream cheese; Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcakes: peanut butter cake with jelly filling and peanut butter buttercream; and Devil's Food cupcakes iced with your choice of mocha, vanilla, chocolate buttercream or caramel cream cheese icing $3.50 each. Call ahead if you need more than 24 cupcakes. Delicious 2- and 3-layer cakes $36-$75 — decoration $10/$15. Icebox pies and cakes $28-$30/$5 slice. Famous banana pudding - layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, creamy vanilla pudding - $3.50/$5.50/$6.50 (call ahead for bowls $25/$35/$60 large enough for 8/10/20 people).
49th: Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe — One Rockefeller Plaza (212-262-7700 reservations recommended). COZY WITH GREAT WINE IN HEART OF ROCKEFELLER CENTER. Good service. Halsey enjoyed a delicious Chardonnay by the glass and the $26 prix fixe lunch of black truffle deviled eggs, wild mushroom pappardelle, and crème brûlée. Alice loved the Cobb salad with free range chicken, egg, roasted tomato, blue cheese, avocado, Applewood smoked bacon $24. Also recommended: pan seared rock cod, mushrooms, broccoli, white wine & spinach purée $26.
49th: The Sea Grill — 19 West 49th (212-332-7610). ENJOY THE SKATERS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER — SOUTH SIDE. It's fun to experience the excellent food, fine service, and ice skaters/tree at Rockefeller Center with friends. In the summer, try the lobster prix-fixe $55 — lobster carpaccio with preserved plum & shiso followed by butter-poached lobster with peas, carrots, onions in a ''pot pie'' and then frozen strawberry parfait! The Sea Grill chowder with smoked bacon, lobster, shrimp, clams is one of the best chowders in NYC $16. Excellent selection of simple but elegant grilled or steamed fish served with wilted spinach and cilantro-tomatillo pesto $32-$36. The Sea Grill key lime pie with fresh cream is a must have dessert $13.
50th: Rock Center Café — 20 West 50th (212-332-7621). ENJOY THE SKATERS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER — NORTH SIDE. Start with jumbo lump crab cake with stone ground mustard sauce $20; kale salad with pear vinaigrette $15; crispy suckling pig with braised red cabbage & roasted polenta $30; or the chef's burger — debragga black angus short rib & chuck blend, New York sharp cheddar, tomato, house-cured pickles, smoked bacon aïoli, crispy fries $21. Finish with an individual apple pie with salted caramel $11 or a vanilla crème brûlée parfait with brown sugar crumbs & red grapes $11 or New York cheesecake with blueberry compote $11.
50th: Thalia — 828 8th Ave at 50th (212-399-4444 need reservation). PRE-THEATRE PRIX FIXE and BRUNCH. The 3-course pre theatre menu $35 with wine flight $49 is available daily until 7 PM. At the weekend brunch 11:30-3 with complementary wine, Alice enjoyed classic eggs Benedict $17 and Halsey the arugula and Maytag blue cheese salad with shaved fennel, Bosc pears, dried apricots tossed with lemon vinaigrette $10. The crème brûlée French toast with fresh berries, bacon, maple syrup, almond butter $16 was delicious, too!
50th: Brasserie Ruhlmann — West 50th between 6th/5th (212-974-2020). FRENCH BRASSERIE AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER. Alice adores the amazing chicken sandwich with pesto & mozzarella on airy, moist, chewy, salty, and bubbly bianca bread $24. Halsey likes the shrimp & lobster roll with lime curry-kaffir $28. Fabulous hand-cut fries $8. Halsey also suggests the salad frisée with garlic croutons, bacon lardons, panko crusted soft boiled egg $26 or the salad ''Ruhlmann'' with hearts of palm, corn, feta, oregano dressing $18 or $27 with chicken / $30 with albacore tuna / $27 with shrimp.
51st: Vice Versa — 325 West 51st between 9th/8th (212-399-9291 reservation suggested). CONTEMPORARY NORTHERN ITALIAN. Halsey loves the sautéed calamari and artichokes over fresh radicchio salad $14 followed by 10 oz. grilled strip loin with hen of the woods mushrooms & potatoes $30. Alice loves the lobster salad with cherry tomatoes, string beans, balsamic vinaigrette $16 followed by the veal-raisin-amaretto-cookies-filled ravioli with sage, butter, and pancetta $13/$22. Great desserts, including cherry panna cotta with sour cherry sauce $8.50 and warm chocolate cake $9.50. Pre fixe $38.
52nd: Russian Samovar — 256 West 52nd near 8th (212-757-0168 need reservation). AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN. Tasty country borscht with vegetables, sour cream $12. Delicious dolma — grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice $9. Fabulous beef stroganoff, lean sliced filet of beef smothered in sour cream and mushrooms with a side of noodles $28. Light and moist chicken Kiev $26. Slowly braised lamb shank served with garden vegetables and polenta $32. Roasted tabaka — Cornish game hen marinated with garlic and spices, flattened and cooked under a brick $24. For dessert, crème brûlée $10; raspberry Napoleon $10; and ''smetannik'' — Russian sour cream cake $10.
52nd: Soba Nippon — 19 West 52nd between 6th/5th (212-489-2525). BUCKWHEAT NOODLES MADE FRESH ON SITE. We just experienced the most delicious home-made tofu (ask for Tofu Dengaku!), made fresh daily from Soba Nippon's own home-grown soy beans. We enjoy sharing a single portion of Beef Sukiyaki, a perfect tasting portion of beef, vegetables, and tofu cooked in an iron casserole with soy sauce based broth $17 single/$26 for 2 people. We also enjoy the homemade buckwheat noodles in Nihachi Yakisoba, stir-fried soba noodles served with chicken and vegetables $14. Wonderful menu with selections ranging from $3.50 to $38. Sake selections $8+.
53rd: Remi (''oars'' in Italian) — 145 West 53rd between 7th/6th. ELEGANT & ENERGETIC. (212-581-4242). With friends, we enjoyed the soup special — cream of garbanzo beans drizzled with Tuscan olive oil, topped with jumbo seared scallop $12; ahi tuna tartar with avocado, micro fresh herbs, light lemon olive oil dressing $19.50; cappellini ala pescatora — thin homemade angel hair pasta in seafood ragout with lobster meat, calamari, octopus, shrimp, mussels, sea bass, scallops, crab meat, langoustine $32; branzino arrosto — roasted filet of sea bass with black olive tapenade, roasted tomato, micro arugula $38.50; and cioccolatissimo — warm soft chocolate cake with homemade vanilla gelato $11, an extra 15 minute wait and worth it!
53rd: The Modern — 9 West 53rd between 6th/5th (reservations start 28 days ahead 212-333-1220 or www.opentable.com). ENTRANCE NEXT TO/IN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. Actually two restaurants: The upscale, expensive Dining Room overlooking the Sculpture Garden has 3-course prix fixe $98; 4-course prix fixe $108; 1 seasonal tasting menu $128; tailored wine tasting $78; artisanal cheese cart $28. We recommend the scrumptious marinated Hamachi with artichoke, red pepper vinaigrette as an appetizer followed by slow roasted pork, cherries, and leeks. Celebrate dessert with a caramel parfait, mango ravioli, coconut tapioca, and Ten Flavor Sorbet! The noisy, energetic Bar Room offers an incredibly delicious slow-roasted salmon with horseradish, young lettuce $25; asparagus & gnocchi with onion, bacon, spinach $17; and tarte flambée with crème fraîche, onion, bacon $14. Desserts $12 include funnel cake, maple ice cream, pineapple marmalade; citrus carpaccio, lemongrass gelée, ten flavor sorbet; and pistachio Napoleon, caramelia-passion fruit ganache, milk chocolate Chantilly.
55th: PizzArte Cucina Napoletana — 69 West 55th between 6th/5th (212-247-7788). SPECTACULAR PIZZA and HOMEMADE PASTA! Lovely ravioli and risotto specials. Neapolitan pizza made in red wood-burning beehive oven. Try the PizzArte with burrata cheese, butternut squash, spicy Italian sausage, thyme $22; and the Eduardo with Italian ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, basil $20. There are 25 different 12'' personal sized pizza available including 7 vegetarian and 5 gluten-free pizzas. Also available: soups $10-$12, salads $13-$18, pastas $16-$25, and entrees $22-35. We get faster service upstairs, and upstairs has communal tables great for groups.
55th: Milos — 125 West 55th (212-245-7400 reservation suggested). EXTRAORDINARY FISH. Expensive, elegant Greek retreat. Prix fixe lunch $27.50. From the pre/post theater menu $49 5:00-6:30 and 10:00-11:45, we recommend fresh calamari followed by grilled whole Lour de Mer from the island of Cephalonia; and walnut cake with honey-lavender ice cream for dessert. For a special treat, make your selection from the fresh seafood displayed on ice. In a hurry? Enjoy a meal of appetizers at the bar.
55th: Circo — 120 West 55th (212-265-3636 need reservation). FUN AND CLASSY. Circo has recently received the Ospitalità Italiana certification in recognition of the authentic techniques, ingredients, presentation and training which define the restaurant's high quality approach to Italian cuisine. We love sharing the jumbo asparagus with Hollandaise sauce $23 followed by Mamma Egi's incredible bufala ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage $22. Or, arugula, endive, sliced apples, and bacon salad with gorgonzola cheese $14 followed by the Tuscan brick-pressed chicken, pearl onions, roasted potatoes, spinach $29. Spectacular desserts, including cream-filled Tuscan doughnuts with cappuccino cream cup $10 and milk chocolate mousse sponge cake with dry meringue $10. Service is excellent. Pre/post theater 5:30-6:30/after 9:00 $38. Glass-walled private dining room.
55th: Bistro Milano — West 55th between 6th/5th next to Benoit (212-757-2600). COMFORTABLE. For lunch with friends, we shared three lovely specials — the salad of roasted baby beets, spinach and goat cheese in a pistachio dressing $11; the salad of grilled octopus with baked herb potatoes, calamata olives, string beans, red pepper vinaigrette $19; and the pizza of parma prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, arugula, fresh tomato, shaved pecorino romano, pesto sauce $19. We started with homemade minestrone soup with beans, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes $10. For dessert, we shared mascarpone cream gelato, fresh mixed berries, chocolate sauce, served in an almond cookie tulipe.
55th: Benoit — 60 West 55th between 6th/5th (646-943-7373). WONDERFUL PARISIAN BISTRO! The food is delicious, and the service superb! Waiters promptly bring warm cheese puffs and a red ''cozy'' of crusty country bread and kept replenishing them. The lunch and dinner prix fixe menus start at $29 for 2-courses and $34 for 3 courses. Recently, we shared a lunch 2-course prix fixe of: APPETIZER an excellent chilled pea soup with mint, and MAIN COURSE Scottish salmon grand mère with marble potatoes, pearl onions, mushrooms. The pork tenderloin, fresh corn polenta, sugar snap peas, plums is also a great main course choice. The tart tatin for two with crème fraîche $24 looked large enough for four!
56th: Norma's — 118 West 56th between 7th/6th in Le Parker Meridien Hotel (212-708-7460 reservations suggested). BREAKFAST TIL 3:00 PM DAILY. Enjoy super blueberry pancakes with Devonshire cream $25; crispy Belgian waffle with fresh berries, Devonshire cream $25; crunchy French toast with warm caramel sauce $25; Eggs Benedict with Norma's own Hollandaise on crispy English muffin $26; huevos rancheros $28; egg white frittata, shrimp, oven-roasted Roma tomatoes $30. For lunch, we like crispy Caesar salad with marinated grilled chicken $24; the chicken pot pie in puff pastry is a hit $25; or try the tasty Asian chicken salad $24. Smoothies $9. French press pot of coffee $7. Fresh squeezed orange juice $9.
56th: Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien — 119 West 56th St. between 7th/6th behind the curtain in Le Parker Meridien Hotel lobby (212-708-7414 no reservations). BURGER RESTAURANT. FOR THE FRUGAL. ALWAYS A QUEUE. Tiny — looks like a storage closet. Charred patties taste backyard-grilled and unbelievably good. Hamburger $7.81. Cheeseburger $8.27; cheeseburger no meat $5.74. Double cheeseburger $14.70. How do you want it cooked? rare, medium rare, medium, well? What do you want it with? lettuce, tomato, onion, sliced pickles, ketchup, mayo, mustard? French fries $3.90. Wine or Sam Adams on tap $5.97. Milkshakes $5.97. Chocolate brownie $2.53. Mineral water $3.21. Soda $2.30. 11am-11:30pm Su-Th/11am-midnight F-Sa.
56th: bricco italiano — 304 West 56th/8th (212-245-7160). DELICIOUS BRICK OVEN BAKED PIZZAS including Magherita Classica tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil $16.50; endive, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, mozzarella $17.75; wild mushrooms, ricotta, mozzarella $18.50; and prosciutto, roasted peppers, artichokes, mozzarella $20. Also brick-oven baked are the artichokes $12.95 and Cornish hens $19.95. For dessert, tiramisu $8.75 and ricotta lemon cheesecake $8.50! Prix fixe 2-course dinner $21.95. Also, an extensive bar tasting menu with items $4.25-$6.95.
56th: Molyvos — 871 7th Ave at 56th (212-582-7500 reservation suggested). CLASSIC GREEK FOOD. Tender marinated seafood salad with scallops, calamari, mussels, crab meat, shrimp, lemon, olives, dill, and Cretan bread $16. Excellent grilled octopus with baby arugula salad, fennel, red onions, blood orange, citrus vinaigrette $19. Succulent grilled red snapper, baked chick peas, wild mushrooms, artichokes, baby carrots $28. Braised savory marinated lamb shanks baked in a clay pot with orzo, tomatoes, Kefalotyri cheese $31. Desserts $9-$12; we recommend the traditional baklava (phyllo, walnuts, pistachios, spiced honey syrup); the Molyvos Sundae of black mission figs, mavrodaphne, honey vanilla ice cream, almond praline, halva; and the lemon rice pudding topped with sour cherry preserves. Express lunch $25. Pre-theater $38 5:30-7:00/9:30-closing.
56th: Topaz Thai — 127 West 56th between 7th/6th (212-957-8020). GOOD, AFFORDABLE THAI. Call ahead to reserve the table for 2 in the window. We like to share Thai spring rolls $3.95/7.95, Siamese ginger duck with ginger and mushrooms $16.95, and grilled marinated beef topped with peanut sauce and served with cucumber salad $12.95. Lots of vegetarian dishes each $9.95. Also delicious are Topaz broad noodle stir-fried with lettuce and egg in sesame oil and seasoning with choice of chicken $10.50 or shrimp $11.95.
60th: Asiate — in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 60th Street/80 Columbus Circle (212-805-8881 reservations required). SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF CENTRAL PARK AND MIDTOWN. Enjoy delicious, beautifully-presented French/Japanese fusion. Lunch 2-course $29. Dinner 3-course prix fixe $95. Menu highlights include your choice of: FIRST COURSE sea scallops, squid, hearts of palm / Hamachi, sauce gribiche, yuzu, crispy potato / soba noodles, Osetra caviar, uni (sea urchin) cream / beef tartare, sunchoke, horseradish, rye / Hudson Valley foie gras torchon, rhubarb, pink peppercorn, cocoa / spring gazpacho, cucumber, elderflower, smoked trout / spring onion risotto, pickled walnuts, gruyere, crispy spring onion. SECOND COURSE Atlantic halibut, artichoke Barigoule, La Quercia ham / salmon, asparagus, egg crème, pumpernickel / lobser, spring peas, baby carrots, orange blossom / branzino, celeriac, truffle, smoke / lamb loin, nettle puree, goat cheese, fava beans / Long Island duck breast, pain perdu, tart cherries / Wagyu beef tenderloin with smoked potato purée, red wine reduction / potato rosti, clothbound cheddar, spring vegetables. DESSERT flourless chocolate torte / coconut tapioca / key lime namelaka / stout cake / strawberry mint soda with lychee sorbet. Tasting menu $150 requires participation of the entire table.
65th: at65 cafe — 70 Lincoln Center Plaza between 65th/66th. GLASS FRONTED CAFÉ AT ALICE TULLY HALL. Serves M-Su 11am—4pm and extended hours M-Su 11am—8pm if there is a concert. We've enjoyed delicious sandwiches $9.50-$10.50, salads $10-$11.50, chicken pot pie, and mac & cheese with smoked bacon. Wonderful soups: Heirloom tomato gazpacho $5.50 and daily soups $5.50 — Monday: mushroom; Tuesday: vegetarian chili, Wednesday: garden tomato, Thursday: chicken kale, Friday: Manhattan clam chowder; Saturday/Sunday: chicken noodle. Easy to get quick desserts like frosted lemon bars / baked treats / fruit parfaits from Balthazar.
65th: Lincoln at Lincoln Center next to reflecting pool and Henry Moore Sculpture — 142 West 65th between Amsterdam/Broadway (212-359-6500 reservation recommended). CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN CUISINE IN STUNNING TRIANGULAR BUILDING WITH SLOPING GRASS ROOF near entrance to Lincoln Center Theater and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Splurge for an elegant 2-course lunch $36, which might include: FIRST COURSE the insalata del mercato with carrots, turnips, sugar snap peas, beets, radishes, fennel, young lettuces, market beans, green olive-almond tapenade or the burrata e lampascioni with Maplebrook Farm's creamy mozzarella, Stoke's farm hot house tomatoes, hyacinth bulbs, arugula, mint salsa verde. SECOND COURSE zuppa alla tarantina with grouper, clams, mussels, squid, octopus, shrimp, chickpeas, tomato-saffron brood or insalata di tonno, olive oil poached tuna, five minute egg, red onion, celery, Fresno chile, fried green tomato, bottarga caviar.
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