The classic Kutsher's Country Club in the Catskills, which for a few years became a beloved destination for music fans who descended upon the resort for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, has been reinvented right here in NYC. Called Kutsher's Tribeca, the restaurant, opened by fourth-generation Zach Kutsher and others, is described as "a fresh take on the 1960's canteen" serving a "uniquely modern" Jewish American "Catskills cuisine." It just flew down from Monticello and boy are its arms tired!
It officially opens for dinner tonight, with a menu (below) by chef Mark Spangenthal, who's worked the kitchen at the Tribeca Screening Room (RIP). Appetizers include Pastrami smoked Salmon with sour cream & chive knish, capers and dill ($12); a borscht salad with beets, marinated goat cheese, fingerlings, artichokes, greens and broken beet vinaigrette ($12); and Wild Halibut gefilte fish: beet & horseradish tartare, micro arugula and parsley vinaigrette ($12). For dinner, there's a Falafel Crusted Salmon with cucumber dill salad, yogurt mint sauce and harissa & red pepper relish ($23); Braised Lamb Shanks with lentils, roasted tomatoes, currants, parsley and Middle Eastern spices ($27); and a "Friday Night Roast Chicken" for two with pletzel and maitake & black trumpet mushroom stuffing ($38).
Specialty cocktails are $12 each, and include such potables as the Bungalow Bunny (gin, muddled lime & mint, blueberry-lime cordial and smoked bitters) and the Route 17 (tequila, orange liqueur, lemon syrup and grapefruit bitters with an absinthe rinse). You can enjoy all these concoctions and more while lounging within the "casual yet bold geometric" room, which architect and designer Rafael de Cárdenas designed to recreate Kutsher's dining room upstate. The space is distinguished by lots of baltic birch plywood fins and subdivided by brass rods which, according to the press release, "spill intricate geometric shadows on the painted brick walls." Squint your eyes just right, and it's just like coming down off acid after the Flaming Lips.
Kutsher's Tribeca // 186 Franklin Street // (212) 431-0606