Gotham Bar and Grill

2012

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American

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2013

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2014

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Price: 
4
Rating: 
9.30
Cuisine: 
New American
American
Hours: 
Mon–Thu: Noon–2:15 PM Fri: Noon–2:15 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
12 E 12th St (btwn University Pl & 5th Ave)
New York 10003
(212) 620-4020
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Most New York City restaurants would consider themselves lucky to even get a review in The New York Times. Since it opened in 1984, Gotham Bar and Grill has been reviewed no fewer than six times by the Gray Lady. Even more impressive, it has scored 15 stars — five three-star reviews (four is the best) since chef Alfred Portale took over in 1985. The culinary style might be called classic new American, which translates to such dishes as yellowfin tuna tartare with Japanese cucumber, shiso, and sweet miso ginger vinaigrette; seared Hudson Valley foie gras with blood orange reduction and fennel pollen toasted golden raisin brioche; and Niman Ranch pork chop with braised greenmarket kale and sweet corn polenta. Want to hear a fun fact about Portale’s signature stacking style for plating food? The chef said it originated out of him trying to find ways to do more with less. “Rather than trying to cook a big piece of fish, I'd cut it into two thin pieces and then stack them.” 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015