Hotel Griffou - CLOSED
New York, NY 10011
Village Voice's Description
This is the quintessential "sceney" New York restaurant, the one filled with fashion industry types, gawking tourists and European playboys more concerned with the celebrities they might spot than the food they are eating. Not that the food is bad; David Santos, formerly of Five & Diamond, brings a touch of Portugal to the American comfort food menu, plus all of the owners are vets of restaurants that got the scene-to-quality-of-food ratio somewhat right (Freeman's, Pastis, La Esquina). Seafood is well represented with the cocoa and coffee-dusted monkfish and grilled Spanish mackerel, complemented by meatier dishes like the whole-roasted chicken for two and dry-aged prime rib-eye steak. The cocktails are decidedly old-school, a nod to the space's rich history as a boarding house frequented Mark Twain and Edna St. Vincent Millay. The restaurant is absolutely draped in nostalgia, with each of the many small dining rooms packed with quirky artwork, antiques and reclaimed wood, all hidden by a discrete speakeasy-style entrance.—Keith Wagstaff
Tips from foursquare
Arrive early to grab a spot at the bar of this unmarkedjoint. Tip: Try the Trophy Wife cocktail—passionfruit makes everythingbetter (if not richer).
Recommended: Deviled crab croquettes, spinach salad, grilled Tasmanian sea trout, fettuccine, burger, strip sirloin frites, plat au boeuf.
The restaurant is named after Marie Griffou—the woman who ran a boardinghouse at the same address. It's been said that Mark Twain used to frequent the Greenwich Village brownstone.
the food is not good at this restaurant
Winner of Best Restaurant Bar in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Make sure they use the flavored ice blocks for your bev!