BBE Editor's Pick
12 E. 22nd St., New York (Flatiron)
It started in the Hamptons, back in 2001, and made the successful transition to New York almost three years ago. No, not a summer romance (those never last) but Almond, co-owned by two childhood friends—chef Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides—who managed to turn their Flatiron addition into one of the most romantic restaurants in town. Pressed-tin ceilings and mirrors that reflect the soft glow of candle light speak of favorite Paris bistros, a motif strongly supported by a menu of red-wine-braised short ribs, house-smoked bluefish, oysters, house-made charcuterie, and escargots—just to get things started. For entrées, poussin “under a brick” is the classic way to render chicken crisp and crackling while keeping it nice and moist under the skin. Despite its name, Le Grand Macaroni and Cheese also speaks with an Italian accent, as does cavatelli with veal and pork sausage and rapini. And what could be better than a thick juicy burger when you got to have one? Pure Almond joy.
Escargots with garlic and Pernod
Poussin “under a brick”
Le Grand Macaroni and Cheese
Loch Duart Salmon
view full menu here
Nice, heavy wood tables in the middle of the room give parties of four plenty of room. The big round one in front is especially nice.
chew on this
Beach-bound fans will notice a new address this summer for Almond in the Hamptons
—smack in the middle of Bridgehampton at the corner of Route 27 and Ocean Road.
lunch: Mon.–Fri. 12 noon–2:45 PM
dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 6 PM–11 PM; Fri.–Sat. 6 PM–12 midnight; Sun. 6 PM–10 PM
brunch: Sat. 11 AM–3 PM; Sun. 11 AM–4 PM
$16.25 (hamburger) to $32.25 (13 oz. New York strip)
12 E. 22nd St. (between Broadway and Park Ave. South; subway: 6, N, R to 23rd St.), New York, NY 10010; 212-228-7557