Does everyone have a list of restaurants they must dine at, at least once, in their phone notes?! I know it can’t just be me. Ever since I’ve been immersing myself a bit more into the restaurant scene I’ve been curating a very long list of restaurants to grab a bite to eat at, and of course will always have my go-to’s and favorites. It’s something about the New York City restaurant scene’s ambience that I know for sure I’ll never get sick of.
I wrote about a quite a few of my favorite restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops here last. But now let’s talk about American Bar.
I started hearing word about the new American Bar opening up in the Greenwich Village a fews weeks before the opening and knew I had to grab a reservation. Before opening up to the public they held a few fashion events like Prabal Gurungs after party for New York Fashion Week, and a cocktail party for LoveShackFancy and Aerin’s collaboration. Allie Michler, Vogue’s Director of Fashion Development, hosted a toast there as well for the new Brock Collection. Their take on American Continental cuisine is exactly the type of restaurant downtown needed.
When creating the new space, Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and partners David Rabin and Jeff Kadish thought up about what they were missing in the downtown restaurant scene. Carolina Santos-Neves, who is Cafe Clover’s (another one on my list) executive chef is also the head chef at American Bar. All I can say is bravo. If you want a seat at this restaurant, you’re going to need to make a reservation in advance.
I’m one for interiors and well, this one hits the spot. There are green banquettes, rattan chairs, and custom art by Luke Edward Hall. I couldn’t help but notice the hand-painted lampshades, and the yellow colored walls. There’s an old school chic, uptown-esc, 80’s English members’ club vibe you get right as you enter the restaurant, that I can’t say enough you must go check out for yourself. My friend and I headed there for 9:30 on a Friday evening and the scene didn’t disappoint.
Their Tower Bar Ice Cream Sundae menu is the perfect touch. I love this restaurant because all the food is familiar, but with a special touch that makes anything on the menu worth trying out. The place is friendly and fun, and the service is divine. Unfussy and cool, this is definitely a neighborhood spot, whether you’re coming in to dine or just grab drinks. American Bar is also opening up for brunch soon, I’m not sure now with everything going on with COVID-19 when this will be, but I’ll definitely be on the look out for that.
This is definitely a timeless spot that will forever be on my go-to list for any occasion. Outdoor dining is certainly on it’s way especially with the early arrival of spring that I get excited just thinking about.
For right now with everything going on I highly suggest social distancing, but they recently announced on Instagram that they will be doing to-go orders.
Xoxo, McKenna Ramona Jennings
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