Fine dining at a reasonable price in New York City? This concept seems rather foreign, especially when you consider the amount of places that have popped up over the last several years offering prix fixe options starting at $100+! Batard opened with tons of fanfare last year, but one of the most unique, and thoughtful gestures were the prix fixe options – 2 courses for $55, 3 courses for $69 and 4 courses for $79!!! Of course there are multiple “gifts” from the chef, supplement options and a few specials. What I love about it is that you can create your own experience, as you choose from a selection of dishes and you choose how much you want to eat. A lot of times I want fine dining, but don’t want a three hour journey and a gut busting cavalcade of 12 dishes… at least not always. Ever since I learned that famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent (Nobu, Tribeca Grill) was reviving his old Corton location with a new concept it shot to the top of my list based on my experiences at his other outposts. The restaurant was warm and inviting, and the service is what you would expect from an establishment of this ilk, which is to say amazing. We had four people so we each got the 4 course option and chose different dishes, for the most part, so we could sample as much as possible. I’m not going to wax poetic about each dish, but they were all really good and the favorites were the sweet breads, salmon, octopus pastrami, veal, scallops and the milk bread pudding…I disliked nothing. The following are the dishes:
Batard was one of the more memorable meals in my life and we were treated like royalty; the entire experience was exceptional, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxed, and fun, fine dining experience in New York.