Bar Americain, located between 7th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, is an upscale restaurant in Midtown that serves, you guessed it, American food. I’m not sure why they named themselves “Americain” instead of “American” and my 30 second Google search didn’t prove fruitful either. Let’s all just chuckle and assume they just misspelled “American” and they realized too late in the game.
I always meticulously examine the effort expended on the bread basket whenever I receive complimentary bread. It’s a good indicator of how the food will turn out. In Bar Americain’s case, they offer quite a variety of bread options and they present it nicely. My favorite was the cornbread – keep in mind the word “favorite” is used loosely here. Despite Bar Americain’s appealing bread basket, the quality was only subpar.
Any decent well-reputed American restaurant should be able to make and cook a solid burger. Thankfully, Bar Americain is not without this skillset. The patty in the Burger Americain ($22) is flavorful, juicy, and perfectly seasoned. There’s a nice bedding of heavy salt on the bottom of the patty that just beautifully complements the meat.
Unfortunately, the top sesame bun was stale and unpleasant to eat. It’s sad to see such a delicious patty be unembraced by carbs.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
It’s an upscale restaurant with upscale prices. The waiters and waitresses are courteous and efficient. It’s a big establishment with a lot of seating so don’t worry too much about the lunch or dinner rush.
Overall, it’s a decent American restaurant that’s slightly overpriced. I’d stick with their “American” menu and wouldn’t venture too far off that.
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