Keith McNally created some of New York’s favorite modern restaurants — including Balthazar, Schiller’s, and Minetta Tavern — and now he’s putting the finishing touches on another major eating and drinking establishment. Augustine, in the Financial District’s luxe Beekman Hotel, is slated to open next Tuesday, November 1. Certainly, some elements of Augustine will be familiar to fans of McNally’s other classic restaurants. But as is usually the case with any of Keith’s projects, the restaurateur is throwing a few new elements into the mix. Please note the pastel tiles that line the perimeter, the stained glass behind the bar, and the heavy wrought-iron curlicues on the chandeliers.
Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride, the duo behind McNally’s Bowery charmer Cherche Midi, are serving rustic versions of classic French brasserie favorites, as well lighter dishes focusing on local seafood and vegetables. The menu will include salt-baked oysters, angel hair pasta with sea urchin, duck a l’orange, a gruyere soufflé, halibut en cocotte, and a massive platter of shellfish and veggies called Le Petit Aioli. McBride and Parilla will also be serving a bone-in dry-aged sirloin steaks, a 40 ounce beef porterhouse, and a leg of lamb aux "fin herbes." In keeping with a tradition started at Minetta Tavern seven years ago, Augstine’s menu will also have a deluxe steakhouse-style burger.
Dale Degroff, the bartender who played a pivotal role in the classic cocktail revival of the last two decades, helped create the drink menu along with bar manger Francois Morisson. Expect iterations of old school favorites as well as house cocktails and a special selection of Martinis. The wine list will focus on France, with a nod to American producers as well.
Augustine will be open for dinner starting next Tuesday, and lunch and brunch will follow shortly after that. Take a tour of the space below, and stay tuned for a look at the menu and more reveals from inside McNally's glittering new boîte later this week.