Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center has been home to a host of spectacular performances over its 40-year history, from the Julliard School’s chamber concerts to the annual New York Film Festival. As of this month, the space will be the regular home of one more: the culinary creations of Chef Marcus Samuelsson at American Table Café and Bar. Emerging as a collaboration between Restaurant Associates and the Marcus Samuelsson Group, this fast, casual eatery offers Samuelsson’s fresh twists on American classics, from Smoked Salmon over potato pancakes to Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Apple Slaw to Doro Wat Tacos mounded high with Ethiopian-spiced chicken.
By day American Table brings delicious comfort and intimacy to its corner of the Hall’s vaulted glass foyer, but at last night’s opening, the beats and bites gave nod to a downtown vibe not usually seen in the neighborhood. Translation? Exactly what American Table will add to the historic area. As the DJ Qool Marv’s tracks reverberated off the floor-to-ceiling windows, guests enjoyed champagne and miniaturized renditions of the menu’s diverse offerings.
Notable faces in the crowd included documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, Careers through Culinary Arts Program founder Richard Grausman, Food and Wine Publisher Christina Grdovic, and the “Chopped Crew,” Tim Allen, Mark Murphy, and Amanda Freitag, among others. Marcus was ever-present at the party, carving and serving roasted lamb, mingling with the crowd, and toasting the team that made both the restaurant and the evening possible. The celebrations, aided by cocktail maven Eben Klemm’s intoxicatingly good concoctions, continued long after its scheduled conclusion. Altogether the evening was a spectacular success. See the photos from the opening below!
The food and drinks at American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelson can be enjoyed seven days a week, 10:30am-11pm, but are particularly tasty before, during, and after your next Lincoln Center Performance. American Table Café and Bar, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street; 212.671.4200