Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s farm-to-table restaurant, ABC Kitchen, delivers heavenly cuisine to Union Square diners. Jean Georges’ global restaurant empire, which includes Jean-Georges, Perry Street, and Mercer Kitchen in New York City—amongst others—brings something unique to the table with ABC Kitchen’s commitment to organic, pesticide-free, local, and seasonal ingredients.
What emerges from the localvore-theme is a calm yet sophisticated dining experience, which is only solidified by the beautiful decor, designed by ABC Home’s CEO and Creative Director, Paulette Cole. The space is open yet intimate; painted white bricks, antique chandeliers and wooden branches in patterns around the room make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale. Anyone who has poked around ABC Home & Carpet will immediately recognize the upscale bohemian vibe from the retail store. The setting is completed by a wait staff that provides the keen level of attentiveness you hope for at a luxury NYC restaurant, and lacks the discernible pretension that so often accompanies it.
The cuisine at ABC Kitchen is superb. Starting the meal with a shareable pizza of asparagus, bacon, ricotta, Parmesan and black pepper was a fantastic decision, and one I would highly recommend. The deliciously savory pretzel-dusted calamari with mustard aioli was also a crowd pleaser. It was the raw appetizers, however, that became the true highlight; the uniquely layered flavors of shaved raw fluke topped with olives, dill, lemon, and chillies leaving us particularly impressed.
Each of the wide array of entrees ordered from our table- the salmon with carrot sauce, the red snapper with chillies, and akaushi cheeseburger- was well executed. Even so, they paled in comparison to the crispy pork confit with smoked bacon marmalade. This dish alone could prompt a patron’s return.
The meal finished on a delicious note: a sundae with salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. We also indulged in a cookie plate, but left much of it uneaten in favor of the salty sweet ice cream confection to its side.
At five-years-old, the buzz around ABC Kitchen doesn’t seem to be quieting down any time soon. And with a menu selection as vast and delectable as what I experienced, I can’t imagine it will.
35 East 18th St.
New York, NY 10003
Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Fri-Sat: 10am – 7pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Food and Drinks $95-$110 (food and drink averages 2-3 drinks pp)