If you’re looking for a restaurant that captures the essence and sophistication of old school New York make your way over to Holden & Astor. Nestled between 9th Ave and Washington on 13th Street, this New American restaurant is the latest addition to the Meatpacking District’s dining scene.
The space is industrial chic with an exposed brick wall, hanging plants, rustic wooden tables and winding vines creeping along the walls. It’s simplistic and effortlessly stylish, allowing you to focus your attention on the restaurant’s main attraction: the food.
Holden & Astor boasts an intimate, yet energetic ambiance along with impeccable service provided by friendly servers. In addition to the classy decor and old school music hits streaming from the sound system, the restaurant features soft lighting as well as an open, spacious layout that even allows some views of the street.
Holden & Astor’s innovative New American style menu created by Executive Chef Carmine Di Giovanni, features a long list of innovative entrées that employ playful combinations of fresh ingredients. Make sure you bring your appetite, since this enticing menu will make you want to order a dish for every course.
Start off your meal with the rich Lobster accompanied by bacon, grits and bitter chocolate jus or try the zesty Hamachi Crudo complete with citrus-soy, pickles ramps, and radish jalapeno salad. Then dig into a drool-worthy entrée such as the Mac & Cheese made with ditallini cooked risotto style, wild mushrooms, fontina and truffle.
While you may want to eat everything in sight, make sure you save some room for dessert. The menu features a variety of delicious sweet dishes ranging from pistachio Ice Cream Sliders drizzled in chocolate fudge, and Chocolate Cake accompanied by salted butter popcorn ice cream, to Peaches and Cream made with brown sugar ice cream.
In terms of wine and cocktail options, Holden & Astor offers a carefully selected wine list to complement the distinct flavors of their dishes as well as a long list of creative cocktails created by Mulberry Project alumni, that are hand crafted around each individual’s choice of spirits at the beautiful marble bar.
Opening at 5 pm, Holden & Astor attracts a variety of patrons, ranging from post-work professionals stopping by for a bite to eat or a cocktail, to families sitting down for a nice dinner, and couples looking for a romantic date night setting later in the evening.
On Saturdays and Sundays, Holden & Astor will also be holding weekend brunch parties that feature Ibiza style music. In addition to a delicious menu that ranges from Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, to Eggs Benedict and BBQ Brisket Sandwiches, Holden & Astor has also promised that there will be no sparklers or ridiculous bottle shows in sight.
Overall, Holden & Astor is a breath of fresh air amidst the restaurants scene in the Meatpacking District. Whether you are stopping by for a quick cocktail, or sitting down for a delectable dinner, Holden & Astor has something for everyone.
By: Georgia Sumner
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