Prime Palmer

Prime Palmer

Early in 2017, Charlie Palmer Steak New York moved from East 54th Street to West 38th, and … no surprise … never skipped a beat. In fact, the restaurant’s now-classic focus on all things American has taken on fresh inspiration. Palmer’s commitment to regional (think Northeast and mid-Atlantic) food and drink finds a wise partner in the site’s lead sommelier, Amanda Streibel. Her embrace of local distillers, brewers and artisan winemakers only enhances the broad-ranging fare.

The entrance lobby holds the Foyer Bar for “light bites” and cocktails, while more serious dining happens in several spaces beyond—a “salon” with banquette and tables for two, a large dining room with rounds, a communal chef’s table and a kitchen view, plus private spaces—all illuminated by dramatic spherical, metal chandeliers.

Palmer’s cooking style—Progressive American Cuisine—has been described as “rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep infusion of French technique.” Indeed, the chef spent time in France and at New York’s Lutèce restaurant before opening his Michelin-starred Aureole in a Madison Avenue town house. His M.O. here calls for putting Culinary Institute training and decades of invention to steakhouse fare—steaks and chops, “surf and turf” (lobster tail and filet mignon) and sides like truffle baked potato.

A recent meal featured known highlights: the Prime Platter of East Coast oysters, littleneck clams, chilled Maine lobster tail, snow crab claws and shrimp with cocktail sauce and champagne mignonette; dry-aged porterhouse for two with sauces (house, red wine shallot and béarnaise), rich creamed spinach and two luxe desserts— a brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and candied walnuts and the signature cheesecake pudding, delight graced by graham crumbs and blueberries.

Specials: At lunch, Palmer’s favorite 50-50 Burger of bacon, beef patty, onion jam and pepper jack cheese; a pre-theater menu of three courses ($48); and dining Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, $75 per person and $35 for children under 12. Also 22 stories above, the Spyglass Rooftop Lounge offers cocktails, small plates and a stunning vista starring the Empire State Building.

Charlie Palmer Steak New York—Acclaimed chef’s eponymous restaurant in new Midtown digs within the Archer Hotel. Steaks, seafood, housemade charcuterie and pastas, luxe desserts. Breakfast M-F 6:30 am-11 am, Sa-Su 6:30 am-10:30 am; lunch ($32 prix fixe) M-F 11 am-5 pm; brunch Sa-Su 10:30 am-3:30 pm; dinner M-W 5-10 pm (last order), Th-F 5-11 pm, Sa 3:30-11 pm, Su 3:30-10 pm. 47 W. 38th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 212.302.3838

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