The Bon Appétit Supper Club and Café, the temporary pop-up lunch joint and chef hangout, is back again for its second year. All this week until Friday stop by for lunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a quick gourmet bite and a cooking demo or book signing. The former Hard Rock Café space had been transformed into a green and brown autumnal space with modern cafeteria-style tables, lounges, and mini fireplaces. The chef-designed food is rather good even if the prices are a bit high. You have to consider that these are Midtwon prices and that the food is far less expensive than if you ate at the restaurants of these chefs.
Today Tyler Florence was there for a book signing. Tomorrow both Claudia Fleming and Cat Cora will be there for cooking demos and book signings. And later this week: Jonathan Lindenauer, Ben Ford, Johnny Iuzzini, Pichet Ong, Charlie Trotter, and Stephan Pyles.
I’ve so far enjoyed Tyler Florence’s corn chowder with chorizo, Ben Ford's clam chowder with bacon, Bon Appétit's roast beef sandwich, and Mario Batali's empanada. I also highly recommend any of the desserts especially Pichet Ong’s cupcake, and Claudia Fleming’s brownie cookies. I’m definitely going back again for seconds. Everything looks so great and I must say that everything tastes pretty good too. Click here for Midtown Lunch's coverage.
While you are there, make sure to grab a free copy of Bon Appétit magazine, and go on upstairs for a couple of shots of Robert Mondavi’s Woodbridge wine, Kerrygold cheddar, Ghirardelli chocolate, Gold Peak tea, and even a Maybelline makeover. Also there is a raffle for a KitcehnAid mixer, books for sale, and don’t forget the great cooking demos, which sometimes include free samples too. When I was there on Friday the Dessert Truck people handed out chocolate bread pudding samples. Also a portion of the proceeds go to charity. If your worried about your carbon footprint, notice that the food is served on bamboo plates, and the cutlery is made from corn starch. The supper club is also open for dinner but by invitation only.
Bon Appétit Supper Club and Café
221 West 57th Street, between 7th Avenue and Broadway
New York, NY 10019
After the jump for the full menu.
Mario Batali’s Empanada with Chorizo, Pancetta, Peppers and Onions
Cat Cora’s Thai Chicken Salad Spring Rolls
Ben Ford’s Tuna Yellowfin Niçoise Sandwich
Bon Appétit’s Horseradish-Spiked Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwich
Bon Appétit's Herbed Goat Cheese and Roasted-Vegetable Sandwich
John Besh’s Heirloom Beet Salad with Crabmeat and Cherrywood Smoked Bacon
Tyler Florence’s Winter Greens Salad with Shaved Beets, Toasted Walnuts and Creamy Goat Cheese
Michael Psilakis’s Greek Salad
Charlie Trotter’s Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Blue Cheese Salad
Cat Cora’s Chickpea and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Tyler Florence’s Corn Chowder with Chorizo and Crispy Fried Oyster
Ben Ford’s Clam Chowder with Leek Cream and Applewood Smoked Bacon
Charlie Trotter’s Braised Leek Soup with Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms
Claudia Fleming’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Johnny Iuzzini’s Pineapple Polenta Cake with Ginger
Johnny Iuzzini’s Cranberry and Vanilla Marshmallows
Pichet Ong’s Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Cupcake Benefiting Cook for the Cure
Pichet Ong’s Chocolate Chip Blondie
François Payard’s Flourless Milk Chocolate Cake with Grapefruit and Hazelnuts
Bon Appétit's Lemon Nutmeg Shortbread
Daily Specials ($9–10)
Tuesday, Cat Cora’s Sunday Cheese Steak Sandwich with Provolone Sauce
Wednesday, Ben Ford’s Atlantic Salmon with Artichoke Potato Salad and Warm Fennel Vinaigrette
Thursday, Charlie Trotter’s Curry Braised Chicken and Potato Tart served with Mixed Greens
Friday, Michael Psilakis’s Lamb Burger with French Fries