Step Inside: Marcus Samuelsson’s NYC Ode to the Big Apple

Lower Manhattan has received an upgrade in its dining and entertainment scene with the opening of a new restaurant at the Perelman Performing Arts Center, helmed by celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson. Metropolis, the restaurant’s name, is set to offer a unique culinary experience inspired by the diverse neighborhoods of New York City, including the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Marcus Samuelsson expressed his vision for Metropolis, emphasizing the essence of New York as a dynamic city shaped by generations of immigrants. He aims to capture the vibrant cultural tapestry of the city through food and drinks. The restaurant is set to be a testament to the ever-evolving nature of New York, showcasing how a dining establishment can contribute to the city’s rich cultural dialogue.

The culinary team, led by Samuelsson and executive chef Ed Tinoco, has curated a menu that reflects the city’s eclectic food scene. The menu starts with small plates such as Flushing-style oysters and smoked hamachi tacos, offering a unique blend of flavors and cultural influences. A farmer’s market platter takes the place of a traditional seafood tower, featuring seasonal grilled, pickled, or fermented fruits and vegetables, accompanied by house-made condiments and dips.

Main courses range from pasta dishes like sheep’s milk triangoli and angel hair vongole to heartier options like short rib, served both braised and grilled. The lamb trio includes neck, sausage, and chops, and arctic char comes with uni beurre blanc and agrodolce cucumbers. Dessert options include sticky toffee cake, miso plum tart, and chocolate soufflé.

Beverage director Alexis Belton, with previous experience at the Aviary, has crafted a drink menu with a focus on Martinis, served tableside from a cart. These Martinis come in both classic and unique variations, with choices like a savory version featuring furikake and tomato. Specialty cocktails include ingredients like strawberry and bubblegum in the Bubble Gum Sour and cheddar cheese vodka with apple pie spice in the Appletini.

The restaurant’s dining room, designed by the Rockwell Group, can accommodate 135 guests indoors, while a seasonal terrace adds space for 70 during warmer months. The decor features black-stained wood furniture complemented by vintage rugs and hints of burgundy, paying homage to the Perelman’s performance hall.

Metropolis at the Perelman Performing Arts Center offers a blend of culinary excellence and cultural appreciation, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a conservative perspective on dining and entertainment in Lower Manhattan.

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