Chef Marc Murphy is back in a big, big way.
Sure, as one of the faces of Food Network, as well as his hand in several other NYC staples, one may think he never left; but, with just one look at his brand new venture, it’s clear: this is something special. Rich flavors from Murphy’s Italian and French heritage imbue the American leaning menu, rife for the taking not only at dinner time, but for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and for those perfect late night bar bites.
Fit for any mood and every palate, silky butternut squash gnudi, a perfectly grilled kale salad, even unctuous roasted snails served alongside a smooth bone marrow butter, jump off the menu and beg to be devoured.
The cocktails are equally as enticing and change seasonally, of course, marrying well with the internationally hailing wine list, offering pours that range-- much to a vino-lover’s delight--from glass, to quartino, to half bottle and full.
Now, while it’s hard to pull one’s eyes from the beautifully composed plates churned out from the bustling open kitchen, it’s impossible to ignore the rich textures of the interior, replete with wood, zinc and tile, and the playful tones emanating from self-illuminating lights, a black and white checkerboard and glazed brick.
Truth be told, it’s this perfect balance between uptown chic and downtown flair that exists not only on the menu--lest we forget to mention the signature burger and king-sized ice cream sundae--but in its ambiance, that truly makes Kingside a knockout.