Are you looking for a great dinner option tonight, and have gotten tired of the restaurants around you?
You’re in luck because today marks the opening of the long awaited BLT Bar & Grill at the new W Hotel Downtown on Albany Street.
“We are pleased to partner with the W and become a presence in Lower Manhattan,” says Jimmy Haber, owner of the BLT Restaurant Group, “The BLT Bar & Grill concept was tailor-made for the neighborhood, offering a variety of dining options under one roof for friends, businesses and locals.”
The BLT enterprise has been testing our downtown palates with their GO Burger trucks at the South Street Seaport for a while, you can consider that they’ve done their homework on our neighborhood. With the rumored openings of Shake Shack and Blue Smoke in our neighborhood, Battery Park City is set to be a veritable foodie fiefdom.
According to the press release the restaurant bills itselve as “a modern tavern — offering modern American bar food with a wide selection of cocktails, beer and wine” with Executive Chefs Christophe Bellanca and David Craine at the helm of the cuiisine. The restaurant seats 23 at the bar, and has two levels of seating, including a private dining room and an outside patio area.
As BLT is billing itself as “affordable fare for everyday dining, ” that may be considered fighting words for our beloved Gatehouse, which has been the only other restaurant offering everyday pub-ish fare on Albany Street for years.
In terms of the menu, include the following selections:
Brioche French Toast with cinnamon-caramelized apples
“Downtown” Burrito, cheddar scrambled eggs, peppers and onion tomato salsa.
Eggplant & Taleggio Panini with caper aioli
Cuban Sandwich pressed with pork belly and speck.
Spiced Rotisserie Chicken with cabernet honey and chicken jus
Fish & Chips with zesty tartar sauce
Filet Mignon, Bone-In Ribeye and NY Strip steaks.
There are daily specials being offered and to find out more check out their breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar menus here.
The restaurant is open daily serving breakfast from 6:30AM -10:30AM, lunch from 11:30AM – 2:30PM and dinner from 5:30PM – 10PM. The bar is open from 11AM-1AM, which includes its own special bar menu. Â Lucky condominium residents and guests of the W Hotel can count on BLT to provide them sustenance at their beck and call for “in residence dining”, including offering food options at Living Room Bar and Terrace location within the hotel.
3 thoughts on “NOW OPEN: BLT Bar & Grill at W Hotel Downtown (PHOTOS)”
My wife and I went last night. I had the heirloom tomato salad and the roast chicken. Very tasty! Not quite at the level of the best roast chicken in Manhattan (my favorite is Locanda Verde’s), still very good. Service was still working out the kinks, but there’s a ton of potential. It should be a very solid addition to the neighborhood. It is a bit weird to sit in amongst all the construction.
My only major criticism, at this point, is the drink list. For a place that has 2 bars and bills itself as a “bar and grill”, the drink list is completely uninteresting and unimaginative. They need to get a good cocktail director like Don Lee or Phil Ward to come in and give their list some excitement. They do have a decent selection of beer on tap, though, so that’s a big plus.
I’ll be trying breakfast there soon. Good breakfast options near the southern end of BPC have always been a bit slim, so if they can come correct I will be visiting often.
FYI – They are currently running a 10% off your food special from now until Labor Day!
Doug, thanks for the mini review! Can’t wait to give BLT a try…
And let us know how breakfast turned out 🙂
We had dinner at the new BLT last evening (7.31.10) and it was terrific! My steak was very flavorful with a charred surface, just as I like it, and my wife’s cod was superb. Our service was very attentive, but not intrusive. We dine out frequently and will return to BLT Bar and Grill.
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