One Star • High quality cooking, worth a stop
50 - 75 USD
Located in a cozy brownstone (and previous home to the Gracie family, of Gracie Mansion), Rouge Tomate has reopened without missing a single beat. This iteration is warmer and less clinical—in a soulful space that is a fraction of its former footprint. Its philosophy of sustainability manifests in an appealing design that incorporates wood salvaged from hurricane Sandy devastation, with bright red votives as if to conjure the original spot. Perhaps the most important continuation is this kitchen’s dedication to S.P.E. (<I>Sanitas Per Escam</I>) or “health through food.” Of course, this translates as cooking that optimizes nutrition, sustainability, and a diner’s well-being, while also remaining thoroughly delicious. The result is a menu of ethically raised meats, seasonal produce, and minimal dairy to pair with mocktails, fresh juices, biodynamic wines, and so much more. This may sound steeped in principles, but rest assured as everything churned out of the kitchen is downright delicious. High points include expertly prepared skate with snail ragout over braised greens, as well as a divine lemongrass parfait topped with mango sorbet, kiwi, and praline crumbles.
- Notable wine list
- Notable cocktail list
- Private dining rooms