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Only 4 thing to say about Eric & Adam Miller’s Masterpiece, BKB, 313 E. 73rd St. 212 861-1038: GO, while you can. pic.twitter.com/yLbplKmwcO
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THE HAMPTONS’ HOTTEST Sea-to-Table
BKB 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, 212-861-1038, www.bkbrestaurant.com
Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 5-11pm
Oyster & Wine Happy Hour: 5-7pm daily in bar & lounge
Cuisine: Sea-to-Table & Farm-to-Table
Social Media: Facebook: bkbrestaurant
Hamptonites and those who long for the flavors of summer by the sea rejoice! Dynamic father-and-son team and co-owners Eric and Adam Miller transported their popular seasonal sea-to-table concept Bay Kitchen Bar from East Hampton to Manhattan’s Upper East Side with Partner Richard Silver. Located in the space that formerly housed Hospoda, the new outpost gives New Yorkers a chance to experience Miller’s cuisine year round.
BKB is the latest project from the Millers, who couldn’t wait for the Hamptons to come back to life this spring. “We were lucky to be embraced by the local community our first season. When an opportunity to take over the restaurant space at Bohemian National Hall came along, we couldn’t resist the temptation to see our guests again, plus introduce our cuisine to a whole new audience here in the city,” says Chef-Owner Eric Miller. Like the East Hampton original, this restaurant will serve inspired cocktails and the best seafood and meats that local East Coast suppliers have to offer. For a Long Island native like Eric Miller, sea and farm-to-table is not a new trend, but a way of life, having built relationships with local sources over the past 30 years as a chef. With an emphasis on high quality ingredients and clean Mediterranean preparations, everything is expertly chosen to provide the freshest and best selection for his guests.
Crafting menu that blends favorites from Bay Kitchen Bar with some new seasonal additions, BKB’s crave-worthy Snacks like Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Cake; Slow Cooked Short Ribs; seasonal Poached Asparagus with Seasonal Vegetables and crispy Montauk Pearl Oysters, are all great new options , for a light bite alongside drinks. Plentiful Raw Bar selections like fresh and fabulous Eastern Oysters; Little Neck Clams; and marinated fresh fish salads made with Scallops, Harbor Fluke or Yellowfin Tuna are also offered to whet the appetite. First Course options ooze with comfort, from Miller’s signature Fisherman’s Soup; to Chickpea Crusted Fritto Misto that is the best I’ve had since Italy; and Braised and Seared Octopus with tomato-vegetable ragout, couscous and herbs that would do any Greek mama proud.
Seafood entrées of pan roasted fish and lobster rolls star on the Second Course menu alongside turf from the rotisserie and grill. Highlights include Bay Kitchen Bar’s signature Day Boat Sea Scallops, accompanied by a new spring blend of farro piccolo-grain salad and refreshing Champagne vinaigrette; and Mustard & Herb Crusted North Atlantic Tuna with a new basil potato & roasted peach cipollini glaze finish; while East Hampton Harbor Fluke with Sicilian capers, herbs, orzo and rainbow chard is a welcome new addition rounding out the offerings and is destined to become the signature dish. Poultry lovers will delight in Miller’s Roasted Herb-Stuffed Organic Chicken; and Slow-Turned Long Island Duck with wilted greens & dried cherries. The BKB Burger with aged cheddar, caramelized onions and special sauce; and BKB Hand-Shucked Lobster Roll have returned from the original menu for a more casual meal on a bun. Poultry lovers will delight in Miller’s Roasted Herb-Stuffed Chicken; and Slow-Turned Long Island Duck with roasted golden potato, wilted greens & dried cherries. The Black Angus Sirloin Cheeseburger and BKB Hand-Shucked Lobster Roll have returned from the original menu for a more casual meal on a bun.
Finishing on a sweet note, desserts are prepared by Pastry Chef Lukas Pohl. Czech-born Lukas is a decorated pastry chef hailing from Prague’s Michelin-starred restaurant La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoisie, and most recently Hospoda. A student of the Culinary Institute of America, Lukas was also a pastry instructor at prestigious Czech cooking institutes for years. BKB’s dessert offerings include a Crème Brûlée Trio that mashes up flavor pairings from espresso & cookie to matcha & raspberries; the signature Dark Chocolate Black Forest Bombe presented with a sidecar of warm salted caramel that is ceremoniously poured over to melt the bombe open and reveal sweet cherry jelly inside; to a comforting Czech dish of Warm Strudel; and seasonal Summer Berry Rhubarb Crumble, all accompanied by house made ice cream and sorbets. A selection of dessert wines, Toby Estate coffees and teas by In Pursuit of Tea are offered to pair with dessert.
Partner and General Manager Adam Miller, a graduate of the wine program at the International Culinary Center, reprises his role overseeing operations and the dining room. Having worked alongside his father as Director of Operations at Madison and Main in 2013, he came along for the ride at Bay Kitchen Bar last year as a full-fledged partner. There, Adam put his creative talents to work co-designing the space and overseeing the dining room. He developed a reputation for showering guests with his unique brand of irresistible charm, welcoming them with a smile and making sure service hums. With a natural eye for design, Adam studied fashion and interior design at Pratt Institute, after which he founded home goods brand Waverly & Irving. Adam’s passion for fine spirits and wine lead him to curate an extensive list of spirits, which will delight connoisseurs of whiskey, rum and tequila alike. He also assembled an all-star team to collaborate on BKB’s beverage program, offering inventive cocktails and carefully curated wine & beer lists to accompany Eric Miller’s cuisine.
The Millers are thrilled to welcome mixologist Maura McGuigan as their Beverage Director for this new venture. Maura comes with an impressive résumé under her belt, having been the first female Head Bartender at Chicago’s The Violet Hour, as well as Chef de Bar at Daniel Boulud’s Bar Pleiades and General Manager at Booker and Dax here in New York. She was also the “woman on the ground” for Death & Co. founders David Kaplan and Alex Day at The Rose in Jackson Hole. The cocktails at BKB meld all the techniques and tools Maura has been acquiring in her arsenal over the past eight years. “Expect to have elegantly crafted vintage and modern classics as well as a seasonally changing menu of creative originals that will take cues from the cuisine,” says McGuigan. Signature cocktails range from the Dime-Store Diplomat, made with Four Roses Bourbon, muddled clementine & lemon, Assam tea and aromatic bitters, to the Beaumont Club, Prairie Organic vodka, Angostura bitters, orgeat, lime and egg whites. A wide and sophisticated selection of beers by the bottle and draft are also prominently featured, including Cricket Hill Brewery’s East Coast Lager.
Reappearing from Bay Kitchen Bar is Eric Heine, serving as Wine Director at BKB. He is on hand to help guests navigate through the restaurant’s wine offerings and perfectly complement their meal. Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Eric has an extensive knowledge of wine, beer, and liquor. He has traveled through winemaking regions in South America, Canada and the west coast of the US, where he explored the wines of Washington, Oregon and California. He is passionate about European-style winemaking, which mandates tighter control over the soil, grapes and consistency of the wines, and is gaining popularity outside of Europe. The cherry-picked wine list at BKB is focused on small producer wines that are characteristic of their regional terroir. It includes a variety of bottles under $100 as well as a global selection by the glass to pair with the menu. In true Hamptons fashion, each night kicks off with $1 Oyster Happy Hour from 5-7pm in the bar, including $5 Muscadet by the glass. We loved the wine list with lots of options under $50 and Mr. Heine’s expert advice, sans attitude.
Adam also brings Designer Scott Rominger to the team, a Pratt Institute friend with a degree in Architecture. A talented designer with a modern aesthetic, Rominger served as project manager for Rafael de Cárdenas’ firm Architecture at Large and worked on projects for Leong Leong before designing the original Bay Kitchen Bar interiors. He was called on again to reimagine the new space, as well as the restaurant’s visual elements from graphic design to social media. The Millers tasked Scott with transforming the mood of the room in just one month’s time. BKB’s ambiance echos the easy elegance and tranquility of the East Hampton original, but incorporates more upscale and modern muted tones with urban stainless steel touches.
The space has been thoughtfully renovated to retain some of the existing elements such as the walnut herringbone flooring, custom made furniture and see-through glass bar. The dining room has been cleared of communal picnic tables and filled with more intimate two and four tops. To provide guests with a comfortable dining experience, Thonet-style bentwood chairs upholstered in rich cobalt blue fabric hint at the maritime-focused menu, while the walls have been covered with textured fabric panels to both add warmth and reduce sound from New York’s noisy streets. A new low partition was added, creating a separate bar & lounge area as well as providing a central service station for efficiency. The overall atmosphere provides a modern yet comfortable experience that is on par with the cuisine.
The 1,430 sq. ft. space seats 44 for dinner and to accommodate walk-ins, a more casual 12-seat bar & lounge area with a prime view of the bartender in action shaking up signature concoctions. There is also a private dining space for up to 8 guests tucked away, and an open kitchen on the lower level.
BKB is open for dinner seven days a week, from 5-10pm weeknights and 5-11pm on weekends. The restaurant and Bohemian National Hall are both perfect venues for special occasions and private events of all sizes. For event inquiries, please call 212-861-1038 or contact Jacqueline Le Borne firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s hope NYC will begin to offer more restaurants like BKB wonderful food, bar, wine, service and gentle prices. What more can you ask for. Well . . . I wish it were in my neighborhood.
Sample Dinner Menu
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Located in the heart of Sutton Place . 350 E 53rd Street (corner of 1st Ave) New York, NY 10022, . A neighborhood landmark where Irish hospitality is a priority.
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All Major Credit Cards Accepted
Kitchen Hours 11:30 AM ‘til Midnight – Everyday
Bar Hours: 11:30 AM ’til 4AM – Everyday
Call at 212-753-1761 with reservations and inquiries.
music with Steven Lowenthal
Saturday Night Music is back again,
starts on Oct 18th With Bobby Peco
Please make reservations ahead of time.
$25 minimum in music room.
(Parnell’s Piano Sessions – Starts at 7:30pm)
Set in a rustic mood of dark wood floors, Tiffany lamps and red brick walls, where mid-priced homemade regional comfort food is a trademark, along with the new chef’s daily specials with emphasis on International Cuisine.
Experience the true warmth and charm of Irish hospitality, with friendly service and great music and singing on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The homey food will please you. We Loved some daily specials of corned beef and cabbage soup; French-style onion soup that was full of flavor but not heavy and a terrific Caesar salad. Pork Schnitzel was crispy and delicious with fried potato pancakes and perfect brussel sprouts. A perfectly rare hunk of good quality roast beef on the bone was accompanied by mashed potatoes and was a satisfier as well.
Desserts are simple and well prepared. We liked a fruit cobbler and a bread pudding any mama would be proud of. Good drinks, and well priced wines by the glass, as well as a nice selection of draught beer and don’t neglect the Irish coffee and homemade Irish Soda Bread.
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212 Steakhouse is located at 316 East 53rd Street between 1st and 2nd avenues, http://www.212steakhouse.com, 212-858-0646, is open for dinner Sun-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm and is available for private events. Lunch coming soon.
Makes Inaccessible Cuts of Beef Accessible
The brainchild and passion project of entrepreneur Nikolay Volper, 212 Steakhouse is a modern steakhouse with a unique concept: making true Japanese Kobe beef and other top notch cuts of beef accessible to the general public, offering a wide range of the highest quality beef at prices that are 60-80% below market rate. (The discount doesn’t represent a sale or promotion, but rather an on-going and permanent commitment to value and to educating consumers.)
Kobe beef is a rare delicacy no matter how you slice it. Highly regulated by the Japanese government, only a limited amount of authentic Kobe beef exists, and a very small percentage is exported to the U.S. In fact, 212 Steakhouse is the only restaurant on the East Coast officially approved by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association from Japan to offer authentic Kobe beef. This association guarantees the supreme quality of the certified authentic Kobe beef served here, attested to by the certificate that hangs in the entryway of the restaurant. For more information on the association, please visit www.kobe-niku.jp/englishtop.html.
From the elegant yet comfortable cocktail lounge in the front, to the expansive bar designed for eating as well as drinking to the rustic wood tables with woven placemats in the dining room, Volper has created a different kind of steakhouse.
Kobe beef from Japan is bred of Tajima-gyu calves only from designated producers in Hyogo Prefecture, fed only the very best feed in stress-free and healthy environments, matured to an ideal quality and texture to an average age of 32 months and then rigorously graded for selection. The flavor of Kobe beef is unforgettable because of the harmony of delicate, sweet lean meat shot throughout with fragrant fat that literally melts-in-your-mouth.
For those who have never tasted the real thing, 212 Steakhouse offers the opportunity to try the beautifully marbled meat for a fraction of the cost: $15/ounce as compared to $45. (Minimum serving four ounces.) Most steak eaters find that they are satisfied with a small portion of the ultra rich Kobe beef. We have enjoyed Kobe beef at many restaurants in the US, Europe and Japan, but have never tasted such excellence before 212. Always tender, at 212 Steakhouse, the marbling and taste is beyond description.
(Above) Dry-Aged Porterhouse 28 oz for one. Beats American Beef (Amazing)
These value prices also apply to other prime cuts of meat: Owner Nikolay Volper has made a commitment to make the highest quality beef in the world accessible to 212 diners, providing an impressive range of cuts at drastically reduced prices including Kobe beef ribeye, strip loin and tenderloin as well as USDA Prime bone-in filet mignon; Australia Wagyu skirt steak, dry-aged bone-in ribeye and porterhouse for one or two, and both American and Japanese Wagyu striploin with meat sourced from the Fremont Beef Company, one of the few authorized wholesalers in the country.
To ensure that this is a sustainable effort, diners enter into an implicit contract to order at least one menu item other than steak. But with the excellent collaboration between the owner and executive chef Christos Kalamvokis, choosing appetizers, salads and side dishes is a very satisfying proposition. Formerly of Kellari, Kalamvokis shared his expertise on Greek cuisine by teaching in Brazil, and began his career at Uncle George’s in Astoria, where he mastered the art of grilled whole fish and meats and other Greek specialties.
What makes 212 Steakhouse even more remarkable is just how varied and interesting the rest of the menu is. Not content to provide the usual sides, appetizers and token alternatives to steak, the Greek and Mediterranean-influenced menu is so complete that a non-beef eater could easily visit 212 Steakhouse dozens of times and never have the same meal.
An ideal meal begins with cold appetizers such as a wonderfully colorful interpretation of ceviche of wild salmon, avocado, mango, radish, minced jalapeno and lime zest, or yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado, highlighted with thinly sliced cucumbers and a bright and intriguing wasabi lemon sauce (beautiful to look at, elegant and exquisite). There’s also imported burrata wrapped in 18-month aged prosciutto di Parma with baby arugula. Equally compelling are hot appetizers such as thinly sliced of zucchini chips, fried until crisp and puffy, flavored with garlic and accompanied by yogurt-dill dipping sauce, or grilled sushi quality octopus with red-wine vinegar marinated red onions and sweet mini peppers, or the dramatically presented graviera cheese, brought to the table with a brandy flambé. Organic spinach soup with roasted feta crouton, a deeply satisfying dish that borrows from Volper’s Bulgarian heritage, is a thickened with yogurt and filled with swirls of fresh spinach.
The freshly caught whole fish such as branzino, dorado and black sea bass, are simply grilled with organic Sicilian olive oil, lemon and herbs, are priced per pound, and are presented filleted and are perfect, as only a Greek-trained chef can prepare them. Other seafood options include swordfish kebabs, wild salmon filet and freshly grilled Maine lobster in the shell. Guests can also enjoy decadent risottos with moderate price tags such as wild mushroom and truffle risotto or black risotto with seafood. The impressive array of side dishes include ethereal baked polenta fries
Grilled sushi quality octopus (Above) is the best in NY.
The beverage program is up to the challenge set by the cuisine and includes a wide-ranging wine list that represents a fine selection of wines from United States, France, and around the world. The by-the-glass list includes a wonderful selection of Champagnes, Prosecco, and excellent whites and reds from Sonoma, The Loire Valley and Tuscany, as well as Sauternes and Ports. There’s also a choice of sake and beer. Guests can even try one-ounce vintage pours of spectacular wines such as 1975 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1994 Château Petrus or 1985 Château Margaux to match their Kobe beef. Spirits are equally well represented with a broad selection of single malt Scotches and other fine whiskies, bourbons and cognac as well the finest top shelf spirits for classic cocktails. The cocktail menu includes inventive and luxurious cocktails such as the Beluga, built with Beluga Vodka, ginger syrup, fresh lime and a caviar cube and the Diamond—Atlantico Rum, club soda, Chambord and a diamond cut sugar cube. The list of bubbly cocktails includes Gold, composed of Taittinger Prestige Brut with orange bitters and 23K gold flakes.
We loved the honesty, care, quality and price-points of 212 Steakhouse. Service is attentive and friendly and the bar makes a good martini. There are just a few housemade desserts: Crème Brulee and Chocolate soufflé. Both are lovely. But best of all, 212 Steakhouse breaks the mold of ubiquitous NY Steak House and is a joy.
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UNION BAR & KITCHEN
Cuisine: New American with Global Influences
Location: 300 Spring Street, near Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Owner/Executive Chef/GM: Jonathan Renert
Chef de Cuisine: Gavin Citron (Arizona 206; Aja; Aleutia; Petrossian, NYC)
Manager: Brandon T. Jenson
Design: Jonathan Renert
Artwork: Clifford Bailey (www.cliffordbailey.com)
Seating Capacity: 64 total, including 10 at the bar
Reservations: Yes, OpenTable.com, CLICK HERE and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: Yes/Yes (in the near future)
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hours of Service:
Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 1am
Friday – Saturday, 11:30am – 2am
Sunday, 11:30am – 1am
Raw Bar/Appetizers: $7 – 17
Sandwiches/Salads: $10 – 18
Mains: $14 – 32 (Average $26)
Dessert: $7 – 10
Lunch Special: $24
Kid’s Menu: $10 with choice of side
Beer/Wine: $TBD/glass; $TBD/bottle
Hamachi Tartare $14
Panko Fried Oyster 3/$9
Rotisserie Chicken $24/half; $42/whole (with 2 sides)
Three Little Pigs $16
UBK Sirloin Burger $14
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UBK offers 64 seats, including 10 at the bar, and features a lively, yet relaxed ambience with industrial accents, including refurbished woods and Edison light bulbs. Large windows that open to the street bring in natural light, and three fantastic original paintings by Clifford Bailey, which evoke the era of the roaring twenties, enhance the warm setting. Whether one is sitting at the bar, or at the industrial chic reclaimed wood communal table in the center of the room, they will be transported to a home away from home – a neighborhood place where they can relax over fine cooking.
For some reason, good downtown restaurants just don’t travel and UBK the perfect example of what to seek out for a fun, affordable and delectable night out or (if you live or work in the neighborhood a local haunt). There’s certainly nothing not to like about the unaffectedly stylish food, prepared with care and panache. Chef Renert along with his Chef de Cuisine Gavin Citron offers a menu that pleases all palates.
Guests may start with an excellent raw bar selection, such as a daily selection of Oysters with kimchee mignonette, horseradish cocktail sauce & red wine vinegar mignonette. Original appetizers include Hamachi Tartare with citrus soy dressing; delicious baked Cherrystone Clams with bacon and Chipotle Bernaise and amazing Panko Fried Oysters with chili infused Tonkatsu sauce, house made tartar and chives (absolutely the best in town); and lighter options include refreshing salads, such as traditional Caesar with baked wheat sourdough baguette; and Field Greens with aged Sherry and citrus vinaigrette. We also enjoyed a play on the traditional Greek chopped salad with the touch of fresh cilantro.
For the main course, UBK’s tantalizing dishes range from West Coast Cioppino in smokey tomato broth; to Hangar Steak in 24-hour house marinade; and Rotisserie Chicken ( available whole + 2 sides/$42), which may also be taken to go. UBK’s sides include Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs; and Cauliflower Gratin, pair nicely with the mains. Be sure to try the addictive ROSEMARY FRIES.
A separate bar menu features tasty items, such as Three Little Pigs, three unique preparations of pork belly sliders – a must order! For drinks, UBK offers signature cocktails such as the UBK Julep (Applejack, Antica Carpano Formula, cane sugar, mint); plus, excellent beers (especially an outstanding Belgium available on draught: “Delirium Tremens Pale Ale”) and an International wine list
Cocktails are expertly constructed and service is delightfully seamless and accommodating.
For those with a sweet tooth, Renert’s desserts include Ancho Chili Brownies and one-of-a-kind Peanut Crunch Chimichangas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and are not to be missed. Nor is the superb cappuccino.
Wanna check out the newest hit in town? Here it is. You’re gonna like Union Bar & Kitchen!
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