FOOD / January 19, 2014

MARC FORGIONE – FANTASTIC AMERICAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Ambience: brick walls and dim lighting make this upscale restaurant have a cool downtown vibe.

Ambience: brick walls and dim lighting make this upscale restaurant have a cool downtown vibe.

Iron Chef, Marc Forgione’s restaurant in Tribeca is one of my favorite restaurants for inventive high-end cuisine in a cool downtown space.

American fare with creative twists feature French, Asian and Italian influences. Ideal for a thoughtful date or dinner with the parents.

Try: Kampachi Tartar, Octopus, Halibut, Filet Mignon

Kampachi Tartare, Avocado, Sechuan Buttons, Toasted Pinenuts, Saratoga Chips: this journey of a dish starts with the Sechuan Buttons (buds) that should be rolled in your mouth for 30 seconds to numb your mouth. Afterwords, the delicate kampachi is a fresh, light, tartare with little asian and citrus hints. A stimulating appetizer!

Kampachi Tartare, Avocado, Sechuan Buttons, Toasted Pinenuts, Saratoga Chips: this journey of a dish starts with the Sechuan Buttons (buds) that should be rolled in your mouth for 30 seconds to numb your mouth. Afterwords, the delicate kampachi is a fresh, light, tartare with little asian and citrus hints. A stimulating appetizer!

Octopus, White Beans, Cranberry Salsa Verde, Baby Arugula: tender, generous chunks of octopus tentacles, with italian inspired flavors. Delicious!

Octopus, White Beans, Cranberry Salsa Verde, Baby Arugula: tender, generous chunks of octopus tentacles, with italian inspired flavors. Delicious!

Hampshire Pork Tenderloin, Speck, Cherry Tomato Confit, Cipollini Onion, Basil: a small portion, but lovely earthy porky flavors.

Hampshire Pork Tenderloin, Speck, Cherry Tomato Confit, Cipollini Onion, Basil: a small portion, but lovely earthy porky flavors.

Filet Mignon, Dry Aged Potatoes, Dinosaur Kale, Smoked Blue Cheese, Wild Mountain Huckleberry: tender steak with a meaty depth of flavor, served with a bit of blue cheese, heavily jus’d kale. Gorgeous!

Filet Mignon, Dry Aged Potatoes, Dinosaur Kale, Smoked Blue Cheese, Wild Mountain Huckleberry: tender steak with a meaty depth of flavor, served with a bit of blue cheese, heavily jus’d kale. Gorgeous!

Delicate, white Halibut Filet sitting in a creamy, nutty sauce with hints of sweetness from the raisins. The perfect blend of heavy and light for a fall dish.

Delicate, white Halibut Filet sitting in a creamy, nutty sauce with hints of sweetness from the raisins. The perfect blend of heavy and light for a fall dish.

What to wear to Marc Forgione? Your eating upscale but Tribeca is pretty chill and the brick-walled room is not overly glossed up. Play it safe and pretty with a Little Black Dress and a few delicate accessories.

Little Black Dress is the perfect amount of "dressed up"

Little Black Dress is the perfect amount of “dressed up” with simple accessories

 

Iron Chef, Marc Forgione’s restaurant in Tribeca is one of my favorite restaurants for inventive high-end cuisine in a cool downtown space.

American fare with creative twists feature French, Asian and Italian influences. Ideal for a thoughtful date or dinner with the parents.

Now is the perfect time for a delicious Fall or Winter meal, which he excels at.

Try: Kampachi Tartar, Octopus, Halibut, Filet Mignon





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