TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

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From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

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The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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DINING / BARS : AMERICAN

James

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Photo: Daniel Krieger

Photo: Daniel Krieger

Photo: Daniel Krieger

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James is nestled in the Prospect Heights neighborhood on the corner of St. Marks and Carlton Avenue, tucked inside a century-old brownstone. The interior casts an inviting glow to passersby from the large windows, beckoning you in with a warmly lit interior that combines rustic design elements with contemporary sparseness. A long banquette cradles diners along one wall of the restaurant, and the opposite wall a well-aged mirror from the original Plaza Hotel highlights the bar area—serving up classically inventive cocktails. Other design details include pressed-tin ceilings and a custom Dutch-designed chandelier. The atmosphere has a warm and modern feel with the right amount of patina. Just as much attention goes into the lovely dishes being served. Owners Deborah Williamson and Bryan Calver bring experience from their previous lives as events producers for luxury clients, and stints at Bouley and Union Pacific. The faire is seasonal American with rustic European accents. Highlights of the menu include Crispy Sweetbreads with Rhubarb and Honey Glaze and Dandelion Greens as a starter and Dry Aged Shell Steak with Roasted Bone Marrow, Au Poivre Sauce and Stinging Nettles for the main course. Lighter options include Steamed Zucchini Blossoms stuffed with Peekytoe Crab, Tomato and Lemongrass and Seared Diver Scallops with Watercress Puree and Preserved Kumquats. A wonderful sensory experience on all accounts.

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