|2nd floor bar-with a view|
It was a cold rainy late April feels like November Tuesday night-and we were expecting an empty Latitude Bar/Grill...
Wrong-Latitude Bar&Grill NYC clearly has a following-as the main bar on the first floor of this three level destination-was kinda full at 8pm.
And two thumbs up for this really well located spot-the customers were exactly why we love NYC---a mix of people just off work native NY-ers, local residents -hangin' at their local bar-(a rapidly morphing into a neighborhood), tourists from nearby hotels, and earlier on-pre-theater goers…with later on crowds of mostly 20-30 somethings, equal split men/women-from all ethnic backgrounds…in groups, friends' duos-and quite a few solo diners (friendly staff helps with that)..
Up front-the music is a mix of what's hot---and helps sets-up a club atmosphere---a bar btw- that's 36 feet long, lined with TV plasma screens turned to local sports teams in action.
We were meeting a pal to take in the NHL playoff's Rangers game-and headed up a step or two- towards the more quiet back section, to watch the game (no sound) and catch-up conversation. There are tables and banquettes-set-up for various sized groups.
(BTW no worries-if you team isn't on-the set-up allows for the staff to change up what's playing exactly where you are sitting!)
Also in the back with us-a group of gals celebrating a birthday-doing some shots and having a meal, an older couple from the 'hood, and two groups of office workers, sharing plates-sipping drinks- and hashing out a day at the office. And something we don't see very often at a bar setting-about half the customers were actually eating food.
WHY: The food is good-with easy to inhale bar food staples-like shareable Nachos $10 and Hummus Platter $13 with all the fixings, crispy Pizza Margherita $9.50-with add-ons and and entree sized Barcelona Plate $18-consisting of Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese, Fig Jam, Marcona Almonds, Glazed Walnuts, Roasted Peppers & Tomatoes, and Grilled Rustic Bread…
|3rd floor lounge-|
...but also…imo-healthy options really well done-like edamame-with the pods slightly grilled (nice touch), with just the right amount of sea salty taste-a large serving easy to share ---served with a chili dipping sauce, and a perfectly rendered AHI Tuna salad-with sashimi quality seared slabs -on a bed of greens-with fresh vinaigrette ---exactly the kind of eats we could eat everyday.
|from our camera phone...|
|$13.50-Ahi Tuna & Mixed Greens Salad $13.50|
Sushi-grade, Spice Dusted, Seared Rare, Citrus Vinaigrette
The menu options are copious-and will please even the hard to please -from tasty Thai Style Vegetarian Spring Rolls ($9.50) with Sweet&Spicy Chili Dipping Sauces…
… and hard to resist. hand cut sweet potato fries-as starters-to various kinds of entree sized salads, four kinds of sliders served with french fries (like four classic mini burgers with American cheese and sautéed onions $11, sandwiches, wraps burgers, and larger plates like regular and gigantic sizes of soft tacos stuffed with herb marinated skirt steak $13.50-or Quesadillas-like the Shrimp/avocado with sautéed tomatoes dared peppers or grilled BBQ Chicken with caramelized onions and melted Monterey Jack Cheese ($11.50-$16.50).
|3rd floor Cabana room.-great for private parties-as is VIP room|
BONUS:- Latitude is three levels-we didn't even see ---but rest assured when the temps warm up- the rooftop terrace with affordable eat/drinks available- is quite unusual and a real treat for that location-right in the heart of midtown …will NO DOUBT- be a popular spot ALSO.