Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City

The striped bass sashimi at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City.
Light, refreshing and pleasing to the eye.

My last day in New York City last month was a cheerfully sunny, yet brutally cold day.  I was as sad as ever to say goodbye to my favorite city, but that seemed to be a reoccurring ritual on the day of my return flight home and I spent the day feeling a familiar feeling of dread.

A glass of Pinot Noir at the bar of Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City.
Viewing life through a Pinot Noir-colored glass. :)

I wandered aimlessly around the city, what has become my favorite pastime in Manhattan, and thought I’d make my last meal count.  While chatting with the owner between sips of wine at Casellula the night before, he recommended I head to lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill.  A New York City staple, he said, that I had to try.  Plus Restaurant Week started that day, so I’d get a great deal on a three course lunch–an extravagance that seemed right up my alley.

Gotham Bar and Grill is truly a New York City gem.  The restaurant has been serving Greenwich Village for 30 years and has received some of the city’s, country’s and world’s highest culinary honors, including a Michelin Star that it’s impressively maintained since 2006.  Chef and owner Alfred Portale is credited as a pioneer of the New American culinary movement and the food continues to focus on that aesthetic.

The striped bass sashimi at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City.
Light, refreshing and pleasing to the eye.

The Restaurant Week Prix Fix menu featured three courses for $25, a slight bargain to Gotham’s regular prix fix lunch menu of $34; starting with a beautifully presented Wild Striped Bass Sashimi with Asian pear, watermelon radish, cucumbers, yuzu ginger emulsion and avocado wasabi puree.

The pearl barley and wild mushroom risotto at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City.
The risotto was a symphony of delicious flavors.
That was followed by a savory Pearl Barley and Wild Mushroom “Risotto” with root vegetables, baby spinach and reggiano parmigiano with a medley of flavors; each vegetable truly singing.  Sporadic cranberries gave the dish hints of tartness, brussel sprouts provided texture and together everything was wonderfully savory.  It not only looked gorgeous, it tasted that way, too.
Chocolate cake and almond ice cream at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City.
An early slice of birthday celebration.

I ended with a piece of Gotham Chocolate Cake served warm with salted almond ice cream, paying homage to my birthday that was just days away.  I couldn’t help but pair it–yet again–with a Pinot Noir, giving myself the excuse that it was my last few hours in New York City, so why not.

Gotham Bar and Grill was a lovely way to end my culinary-filled trip to my favorite city, full of all of my favorite things :: food, wine, whiskey and opera.

Go to Gotham Bar and Grill for :: A beautiful meal at one of the classic restaurants in New York City.  Notes :: Open seven days a week.  Lunch is served Monday-Friday noon-2:15 p.m.; dinner, Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., Friday 5:30-11 p.m., Saturday 5-11 p.m. and Sunday 5-10 p.m.  Reservations can be made online here.  Follow Gotham on twitter here or friend them on facebook here.

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