Dish du Jour

Dish du Jour

Great Dining Experiences
(©Sofitel New York)

Fast and Fabulous

Gaby Brasserie, in the luxurious Sofitel hotel in the Theater District, provides both an elegant environment and a fresh, delightful menu that gives a nod toward healthfulness and flavor. Green-and-black marble flooring, rust-colored fabric-and-leather banquettes and purple drapes lend an almost royal allure to the room. The midday menu offers a 30-minute lunch—perfect for a brief business meeting or a quick meal before catching a matinee. On this late-spring day, it was a light white bean soup, smoked salmon wrapped around greens, and a delicate monkfish, sitting atop quinoa with Moroccan spices. A luxurious repast, wrapped in a time-efficient presentation. Now that’s New York! | Gaby Brasserie, 44 W. 45th St., 212.782.3040

(©Noah Fecks)
Horchata’s tacos de cerdo and dorado en hoja de plátano

Down in Mexico

The buzz hits you upon entering newcomer Horchata—clinking glasses and choruses of “pass the guac” (get the trio: classic; verde, with apple and cucumber; and rojo, with a chipotle-habanero zing). Go for pork belly tacos, with pineapple and chipotle aioli; and grilled mahi-mahi. The namesake rice milk drink—spiked with rum, vanilla vodka and Kahlúa, and served in a monkey-shaped clay vessel—makes it a fiesta. | Horchata, 470 Sixth Ave., 212.243.8226

(©Evan Sung)
Minton’s apple salad

Harlem Hot Spot

Back in the 1930s, Minton’s was a well-known NYC jazz club, flourishing through the 1960s, until it shuttered its doors in the early 1970s. Recently, the club has been reincarnated, adding a tantalizing American “low country” menu—a cuisine that focuses on regions of South Carolina and the Georgia coast. Think: seafood, soups flavored with black-eyed peas and fried okra croutons, and sweet potato ricotta dumplings. An apple salad (pictured) makes a nice counterpoint to the rich dishes. The narrow room exudes luxe supper-club glamour, with gold silk-taffeta drapes and candlelit tables. Live jazz starts most nights at 7 p.m. Harlem never looked—or tasted—so good. | Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St., 212.243.2222