Theater district dining at the Paramount Bar & Grill
If you want the ultimate New York City date night or girls night out, then consider dinner and drinks at the landmark theater district's posh Paramount Hotel (235 W. 46th Street), which recently underwent a $40 million renovation. New York Getaways Examiner was treated to cocktails at the Italian-style Corso Coffee Bar and dinner at the sleek Paramount Bar & Grill, before we saw the entertaining limited Broadway engagement of Jekyll & Hyde.
Available for lunch and dinner daily, the Paramount Bar & Grill’s appetizers and first course offerings range from freshly-made curried tuna tartar with radish, celery and saffron ($15) and creamy tomato soup topped with grilled cheese croutons ($12) to a classic wedge salad with Maytag blue and maple-glazed bacon ($14). The restaurant's acclaimed chef, Jason Kallert, has also perfected the traditional meatball by using beef, pork and veal and serving them with a piquant tomato sauce and aged white cheddar ($11).
The restaurant's well-edited selection of entrees celebrates the flavor profiles of modern American cuisine. We savored the flaky Atlantic salmon, accompanied by slow-roasted tomatoes and eggplant and dressed with roasted tomato sauce and basil oil ($23); and other tasty entree options include a delicately poached lobster roll, mixed with chive mayo and butter, and served with artisanal, homemade chips; ($19) or a perfectly grilled whole branzino, served with roasted fennel and old-style salsa verde ($25) – one of Kallert’s signature dishes.
The 2,500 square foot restaurant encompasses an 86-seat dining room and a 20-seat full-service bar and lounge, offering an extensive wine list and classic-American craft cocktails. Inspired by an abstract interpretation of New York Theater, dramatic lighting brings the restaurant to life, with accents of theater-inspired fabrics and large-format photography of architecture throughout the space. Raised banquettes with a view of the restaurant set the stage for an intimate dinner for two, an early morning breakfast or late night drink. Paramount Bar & Grill’s signature cocktail, a modern take on the classic Moscow Mule (Oprah's favorite), features Citron Vodka with Fresh Lime and Ginger.
The restaurant also offers a pre-theater, three-course prix-fixe menu between 5 pm and 6:30 pm daily and post-theater half off signature cocktails from 11 pm to 1 am daily.
By Tracy Hopkins
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