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Eater Inside: The Libertine

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Krieger, 9/2/08

The Libertine, Todd English's latest project, is a clubby two floor restaurant set to open in the new Gild Hall Thompson Hotel downtown next week. Heavy on the leather, gold accents, and intentionally messy bookshelves, it looks like an ideal after work hangout for the FiDi suits. The upstairs lounge features large leather couches and a long communal table while the more casual downstairs houses the main bar and smaller tables.

So, she's pretty. But what about the food? The man running the show here will be Eben Leonard, who comes by way of English's Bonfire in Boston and Olive's here in New York. Leonard and English have come up with a menu of "reinterpreted pub fare," which apparently means small plates, a raw bar, and items including caviar sliders, and Berkshire pork chop schnitzel. Time will tell if this is treated more as a serious restaurant or as a swanky bar once she is tested out by the locals and downtown workers. More reading here and here.

Breakfast
The Libertine 3 eggs any style, bangers, rashers, shiitake hash brown $15
Lobster Omelet Knuckle Sandwich, open face, cheddar, lobster butter $20
NY 'Bene' grilled pastrami, mustard hollandaise, rye $16
Corned Beef Pie puff pastry, sunny side up egg $15
Sacagawea Golden Dollar Pancakes maple butter, warm syrup $14

Lunch
Adult PB&J, almond butter, cabernet red wine jelly, whole grain, banana milk shake shot $14
Grilled kobe foot long hot dog, eben's baked beans, fixins $15
Caviar sliders, quail eggs, crème fraiche $20
Crispy sweetbread club, bacon, avocado, iceberg, lemon caper jam $16
Libertine fish & chips, in house tartar, gem lettuce $19
½ spit roasted chicken, indian summer tomato ragu, polenta $20
Libertine burger our way or highway, choice of house fries

Dinner
Steak tartare & roasted bone marrow $14
Summer corn bisque, brown butter, corn muffin tops mug $7 bowl $11
Crispy oyster & avocado caesar $16
Veal stuffed mushrooms, sage $15
Rack of lamb, morocan sheppard's pie $28
Roasted black sea bass, grilled corn, salsa verde $24

Bar Snacks
Kobe franks in a jacket, mustard $17
House made potato chips, horseradish crème fraiche $10
Local & uk artesian cheese plate $15
Skinny or fat cut fries $8

Raw bar items as well oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, etc.

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