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“BLT Prime”

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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Off the Charts


Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” filled the room as I entered BLT Prime the other night. The bar was about five deep, stocked with handsome men in suits throwing back vodkas on the rocks and assorted micro-brewed beers while attempting to mingle with slinky babes sipping glasses of Sancerre and light pink cocktails. It felt like a frat party for urban adults—a professional playpen for gym-focused hotties and babes. I made my way through the crowd and found Jamie waiting for me at the bar, where she had managed to score us two empty seats. The blond woman next to me, a cute little thing with freckles and bright baby blues, was on the phone with her friend, but stopped her conversation to complement me on my dress: “I LOOOOOVE your dress!! I think I have the same one! Is that Anthropologie?” Yes, indeed we had the same dress, but hers was about 6 sizes smaller than mine. We discussed how much we loved the dress for a moment longer (sometimes my conversations are just so deep), and then she went back to her cocktail (this one lipstick pink), and her conversation, and Jamie and I ordered another round of wine while we waited for Susie. We had been looking forward to a reunion—Susie had been traveling in India and China for work for weeks, and the three of us had not had a proper meal together in a while. BLT Prime was on our list. And let me just get this out of the way right now—it was pretty damn great.

BLT Prime is the third in a string of Bistro Laurent Tourondels that began with Steak, and proceeded with Fish. And it clearly feels like a relative, marked by the same bones and style. In terms of design, all the BLT restaurants feel to me like the Banana Republic or the Pottery Barn of bistros—urbane and lofty, minimalist yet warm, all together sleekly chic. As for the food, the menu may read routine steakhouse fare—dry-aged steaks, chops, fish and shellfish, sauces, vegetables, and potatoes—but it is about as far from ordinary as George Bush is from having a functioning brain that is touch with reality. This food is hands down outstanding. Tourondel’s formula is winning: simple recipes that startle with perfect seasoning, impeccable technique, and a welcome dose of silliness.

A perfect example of this formula is a side dish—blue cheese tater tots. Come on people. Are you not smiling just simply reading about these? Try tasting them and your smile will be turned into a body quiver and an audible moan. ... [more, click below]

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Other restaurants in Flatiron :
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