By W. A. Muller

Village Prime, a new temple to modern American cuisine which respects traditional cooking techniques, brings the fresh seafood and fine meats of a classic Uptown steakhouse to a hip downtown setting. Located at 302 Bleecker St, steps from 7th Avenue, Village Prime combines excellently-prepared food with polished service in a chic and ambient space.

The menu at Village Prime is balanced between quality prime steak and fresh seafood, with a host of appetizers and entrees that are uncomplicated yet palatepleasing; creative yet non-pretentious. The impressive USDA Prime Meat selection includes the deliciously-juicy Cowboy Rib-Eye, and the Bone-in New York Strip which is wonderfully succulent and chargrilled to perfection. A well-considered selection of gourmet steak sides are perfect partners to go with your chosen cut: caramelized onions, sautéed wild mushrooms, potato gratin, creamed spinach or lobster mac and cheese. The superb interplay of texture and color by Executive Chef Rory O’Farrell is equally camera- and fork-ready. Start your dining experience with appetizers from the ‘Raw Bar’, which offers Market Oysters, Chilled Seafood Tower for two or four, and the ever-popular Tuna Tartare, or with starters such as the Lobster Bisque, French Onion Soup or the sublime Maryland Lump Crab Cake.Village-Prime-001

The menu’s seafood offerings are equally as enticing. The Chilean Sea Bass, panseared and served with crème fraiche, potato puree, Swiss chard and red wine-Worcestershire reduction, is fresh and flavorful, while the Line-caught Swordfish, served with zucchini and Brussel sprout risotto and crispy Brussel sprouts, serves as a lesson in how fish should be cooked.  Don’t forget about the dizzying desserts: the Chocolate Lava is smooth and sinfully rich, and the classic Crème Brulée is elegantly presented in a long boat-like dish. 

Village Prime’s weekend brunch is sure to make fashionable West Village revelers giggle in delight – featuring Cinnamon Pecan French Toast with fresh fruit, mascarpone and vanilla mousse; Steak & Eggs with homemade cast iron potatoes; or the Crab Meat Ciabatta with avocado, watercress and lemon vinaigrette. Better yet, enjoy your brunch with unlimited champagne for the fixed price of $30.  A lengthy cocktail menu features old classics and new creations alike — the Fig Blossom is composed of fig vodka, elderflower, orange juice, and splash of cranberry juice and the Strawberry Bliss is a delightful mix of vanilla vodka, strawberry puree, and basil. There is an extensive wine list, over 30 single malts from notable regions and a wide selection of craft beers.Village-Prime-002

Village Prime’s interior channels the glamour and sophistication of a vintage wine cellar, of which the designer, Lesly Zamor of Seed Design Planning, says he was inspired. The simple, black-and-white exterior stands as a stark contrast to its dimly-lit, ambient interior, particularly in the evening when exposed-filament bulbs emulate candlelight  and cast an amber-glow over the front bar and intimate dining room. Unfinished wood and cow-hides line the walls, while walnut tables, leather banquette seating and wild flower arrangements give the restaurant an earthy, rustic feel – reminiscent of a luxury log cabin.

Village Prime
302 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
212.727.7463
villageprimenyc.com

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