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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

THE REDEYE GRILL - MY NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT

 

On a chilly, rainy Sunday afternoon, I bundled up to meet my colleague, Tashara Jones a Page Six Reporter, for the New York Post to enjoy a #BlackGirlMagic type of catch-up at New York’s REDEYE GRILL.

There is something classic about Redeye Grill that screams, “I am Manhattan” and then whispers, “aren’t you glad that you live here?” And the answer is yes and the Brasserie’s location — across from Carnegie Hall—makes it a great spot for dinners before catching a Broadway show which is why Jones and I decided to check it out. We’ve been hitting the theater district, and in February, I was transported to a magical world of wonder, thank you Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, followed by Black No More, a new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler's Afrofuturist novel that is set during the Harlem Renaissance, then to Moulin Rouge,  Baz Luhrmann's revolutionary film brought to life on stage, and brilliantly remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza, and finally, the musical WICKED, to catch Brittney Johnson who stepped into the history books, playing the character Glinda’s bubble on Feb. 14, 2022, as the first African-American actor to play the role full time on Broadway. 

I’m always cautious about suggesting restaurants because when it comes to food and service a bad experience can dampen the spirit and a good experience, can elevate. Happy to report that the service, and the food at The Redeye Grill are on my top five list. It offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, serving dishes from sushi to locally sourced fish, steaks, and produce.

In our city, when a restaurant has been standing for 25 years, it’s a testament to consistent quality. 

Redeye Grill is the brainchild of Shelly Fireman, the accomplished NYC restaurateur who has run dining establishments since the 1960s. Fireman owns and operates eight popular restaurants located at high profile locations in NYC and Washington, D.C. — including Trattoria Dell’Arte, Brooklyn Diner, Bond 45 (Times Square), and Cafe Fiorello (Lincoln Center). Food is a work of art so it’s no surprise that Fireman is himself an avid sculptor and passionate art collector, with his work being featured in his restaurants.

Is the atmosphere upscale? Yes, but it’s not stuffy or pretentious. When you enter, in the center of the dining room, is a sprawling bar that gives off those “Mad Men” vibes with a waitstaff that’s is attentive but they do not hover. They provide great service and recommendations without being pushy and immediately, you feel at ease. 

Now to the food. Yummy. I’m still thinking about the Shrimp Tempura Roll, with avocado, toasted coconut, tobiko caviar, spicy mayo ($21),



Dragon Roll which is spicy tuna, smoked eel, avocado, cucumber, eel sauce, sesame seeds ($24), and the Salmon & Avocado Roll, cucumber, tobiko caviar ($21). My colleague feasted on Seafood Frutti Di Mare Spaghetti with lobster, shrimp, calamari
($36).

Other diners have recommended that I try their Miso Glazed Black Cod which was described as sweet with a perfect miso glaze and the Ribeye Steak Sandwich which, I was assured would satisfy any type of meat eater because it’s prepared underneath a dressing of parmesan cheese sauce, sauteed onions & peppers.

On my next visit, I will be ordering the Scallops In A Skillet, swiss chard, bacon lardon, maitake mushrooms, sweet potato cream ($43), lemon spinach ($14), cashew Brussels sprouts in Thai peanut sauce ($14), and charred asparagus. 

The RedEye Grill has something for everyone which is a plus when you are planning those getaways with loved ones. 

Click here to review the menu. 

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