409 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10014
Last night I had the pleasure of dining at the meatpacking district’s new hotspot Abe and Arthur’s. Not officially open yet, last night was friends and family night and I was the guest of my best friend Jamie Dunn, who is bartending at the restaurant. I went with her boyfriend Peter and it was pretty cool the way they did it. We started at the bar and Jamie served us up a couple really tasty “Hemmingways,” the signature cocktail of the night. Then when we sat down the menu had been pre-highlighted with menu items they wanted us to eat… The chef had done it this way so that the kitchen could practice making everything at different times and also so that we could have a variety of foods we wouldn’t normally choose. On our menu: Kobe beef sliders, goat cheese salad, branzino, filet mignon, zucchini fries, corn and bacon salad, and PB & J desert… PRETTY SWEET!!!
Peter and I shared everything and it was all very good, cooked well and served in a trendy way. We thought the most interesting thing was the PB & J dessert, which was bread pudding with raspberry sorbet and a peanut sauce on the side… It really tasted like the sandwich we all loved so much when we were 5! We thought it was such a clever idea for a desert. The servers were all very friendly and knowledgeable and I know from Jamie that they have all been having intense training and tastings for the past few weeks now in preparation for opening. Owners Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm have done a good job done a kind of American bistro menu the fancy way, which is pretty fitting for this trendy neighborhood. It was so nice to go there and have a complimentary meal; the vibe is just all around good.
The space itself is very cool also. Abe and Arthur’s is in the space that we used to know and love as Lotus and has been completely redesigned. Everything is very modern but with an old world classy feel. Everything is top tier, from the marble floors to the gold engraved $5,000 front door. Downstairs is the main dining room, with about 20 tables and huge glass encased fabric panels lining 3 of the walls. We snuck a peek upstairs, where there are more dining tables, an additional bar, and plenty of room for a private party.
The prices at Abe and Arthur’s are pretty expected for the neighborhood. Not outrageous, but I think for a meal and drinks it would be hard to get out for under $80/person. And you want to have drinks… my hot best friend is making them and once you start getting saucy you will definitely want to meander your way into the new “SL” (Simyone Lounge) club downstairs…
Abe and Arthur’s officially opens next Thursday, October 1st.
Another suggestion: get there early and take a stroll on Manhattan’s new Highline… Peter and I checked it out for the first time and it’s pretty nice… Romantic sunset walk with my best friend’s boyfriend… score!
BY: LAUREN BROWN