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Gotham Bar & Grill
Gotham Bar & Grill Review
A culinary landmark, Gotham Bar & Grill is every bit as thrilling as it was when it opened in 1984. Celebrated chef Alfred Portale, who made the blueprint for "architectural food"—that is, towers of stacked ingredients—builds on a foundation of simple, clean flavors. People come for Portale's transcendent preparations: no rack of lamb is more tender, no seafood salad sweeter. The stellar 20,000-bottle cellar provides the perfect accompaniments—though at a price. The three-course $34 greenmarket-driven prix-fixe lunch from noon to 2:30 weekdays is a steal, even if it's not as sophisticated as dinner. Take a stroll through the Union Square greenmarket before, or after, lunch to see the chef's inspirations. Desserts are also memorable.
- Address: 12 E. 12th St., between 5th Ave. and University Pl. Union Square, New York, NY 10003-4428 | Map It
- Phone: 212/620–4020
- Website: www.gothambarandgrill.com
- Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St./Union Sq.
- Location: Union Square
- Credit cards accepted.
- No lunch weekends.
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