NOTE: PERMANENTLY CLOSED AS OF 01/17/2018
Bar Americain, one of Bobby Flay’s high-end signature restaurants situated somewhere in the nether region of Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown East, is a popular after work and date spot.
I’ve been to Bar Americain previously for drinks, and I was impressed with the ambiance at that time, which is why I made the return trip. The atmosphere is as one would expect in that part of town — high class including great mood lighting and decorative details. It’s a great spot for quick drinks or a nice dinner. The bar is fully stocked with all of my favorite bourbon, and it has a decent selection of wine.
I definitely liked what I ordered from the menu, but overall I found it a bit limited. That isn’t to say what was on the menu wasn’t good: the pickled deviled eggs, red snapper, and Bar Americain Fries were all very tasty and worthy of praise. The selections are primarily traditional American faire: steak, chicken, , but then there’s the odd rabbit dish thrown in for good measure.
I was able to taste three different wines, each very different from one another. The Sauvignon Blanc (Turnbull), Sancerre Rose (Franck & Sylvain Godon) and Sparkling Moscato d’Asti (La Spinetta).
The Sauvignon Blanc was semi-sweet and had tropical notes — it was very citrus, heavy grapefruit from beginning to end. It is something I would replace the usual Cupcake with if I wanted something a bit more zesty.
The Moscato was absolutely delicious! It was a desert wine, but I will purchase a few bottles simply for occasions when I want something more sweet and effervescent. It may unseat Dr. Loosen as my favorite desert wine.
The Sancerre-Rose was my least favorite of the three, but it was the most well paired with the red snapper dish.
“Aromatics of grapefruit, guava and melon. Exhibiting lively citrus notes with zest of Meyer lemon with bright, focused fruit flavors balanced by a minerality. The wine is crisp and lively with medium body and a focused finish.” – Wine.com
“It’s an elegant wine flush with ripe berry aromas, a refreshing mineral character, and the crisp, dry finish of a classic French rosé.” – Lastcallwines.com
“Yellow with green reflections. Sweet and sexy, deliciously crisp green apple and honeysuckle. A wine that surprises by its remarkable freshness and brilliant fruit flavors reminiscent of apple, spiced pear and honey.” – Wine.com