Fit for Foodies! New spot near Times Square

28 Jun

Not all of us can dine at Esca. But across the street on that same corner of 43rd and Ninth is the slightly more affordable but very new and innovative Elsewhere. Open and airy (acoustics a bit loud when full), this place is a magical addition to the area. Try The Sound cocktail, made with vodka from Long Island, mezcal, pink peppercorn syrup and lime juice. In fact, the bar is only stocked with artisanal spirits—no big brands. Munch on Bacon Butter Popcorn while checking out the menu of seasonal ingredients from local farms. (Or maybe opt for the Lavender-Rosemary Popcorn; you might reach maximum butter capacity from the Biscuits with Brown Butter and Crushed Black Pepper.)

Entrees are similarly special: I had Pan-Seared Tilefish with Sauteed Swiss Chard and Rhubarb Buerre Blanc. And a 5-Spoke Tumbleweed (it’s a cheese, dummy!) Poutine. While a $14 side seemed a bit ridiculous, it was the only exorbitantly priced thing on the menu—and it came on a huge plate. For dessert: the not overly sweet and pretty much perfect Chocolate Bourbon Icebox Cake with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream.

You can eat well near Times Square!

You can make a reservation!

You can enjoy pleasant, knowledgeable servers!

You can go on a MONDAY when the already reasonably priced wine list is half off!

Menus here.

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