After huge success on the Upper West Side, The Consulate NYC has opened their doors to their second location in Midtown. It is where French inspired brasserie meets new American food, serving up the simple classics and some noteworthy modern takes on dishes by renowned chef Alan Vargas. In the stunning two-floor space, no detail was spared in the design of this location. From the floors to the subtleties in the lighting and everything in between, there is an beautiful ambiance at The Consulate that is very elevated but cozy, perfect to match the amazing food.
The bone marrow was so rich tasting and succulent. The meat was very tender and I love the addition of the hint of sweetness from the port fig jam. I also loved soaking up the extra sauce with the crispy bread. Speaking of crispy bread, the shrimp toast was a really nice appetizer as well. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and I love the overall flavors and composition.
The tartare trio was also a really lovely and whimsical dish. I love the presentation in the ice cream cones and think that each bite was delicious with the freshness of the fish very evident and shining through in its simplicity.
Another perfect and light bite app the tender octopus was cooked on point, and I think the preparation with the vegetables added a bit of sweetness and it came together really well, as with the addition of the sauces that definitely add a pop.
The mussels are another simple staple item but done with great execution. You’re given a hefty portion of mussels, which are so light no matter how many you eat in a broth with tons of flavor.
As you can see, the rib eye was cooked to the perfect medium-rare and the head of roasted garlic made it all the more special.
This might be the pasta dish breaking the internet right now and rightfully so. This short rib cavatelli is incredible and something I would hope to have at my table every visit. The tender short rib melts in your mouth and is just so delicious. I also appreciate the portion size and found that it was a hearty dish but still not too heavy. I also love the addition of the creamy and mild ricotta.
This burger is definitely worth ordering and I love the little unique and special elements added to it. The goat cheese has a nice tang, and in contrast with the sweetness of the caramelized onions, it really is a flavorful bite.
The Consulate also has incredible desserts that definitely cannot be skipped. The molten lava cake was exceptional and although it says for two, if you have room you won’t want to share it with anyone. It is that good. I also loved the pineapple cake and thought it had just the right amount of sweetness, a nice texture, and was overall just a really lovely dessert.
I mean this sincerely: You can not go wrong with any cocktail you get here. I have tried quite a few off the menu and each was excellent. They are all perfectly curated, unique, and really well balanced. So good in fact I cannot pick a favorite. I would say the Booze and Blues is probably the most unique with different layers that are really lovely and the Oui Mademoiselle for something a little lighter and fruitier.
The Consulate Info:
The Consulate Website
44 West 56th Street, New York City, NY, 10019
Mon-Fri from 11:00am – 10:30pm
Sat-Sun from 4:30pm – 10:30pm