I had a great time at Bar Americain. The food was delicious – I do love the flavors Bobby Flay puts together. The ambiance and location was perfect for a pre-theater dinner and the service was on point.
photo credit: baramericain.com
Having said all that, it is exactly what you would expect from a famous chef’s restaurant: overpriced. I think once you accept the fact that this is for an experience therefore, you will pay a premium on that, it’s totally fine.
I ordered the shrimp tomatillo for appetizer, which was totally satisfying ($17), snapper for entree ($35) and no drinks. The total with tax/tip cost me about $62. But, I was full for the rest of the night! I wish I had remembered to take pictures of the deliciousness.
My verdict: Go! Have a great time, just don’t expect to make it a regular pit stop.
Bar Americain | 152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 | 212.265.9700 |
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