John Fraser — the chef acclaimed for veggie-friendly fare at Michelin-starred restaurants Nix and Dovetail — now has an omnivorous restaurant in the West Village called The Loyal.
The restaurant at 289 Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue South, made its debut this week, with booths and tables for 88 people total. He’s calling it an “American brasserie,” with American tavern fare and European touches.
Unlike his last restaurant Nix, The Loyal leans into animal-based dishes — with a menu more like the one at his East Village restaurant Narcissa. The Loyal has a raw bar with shiso and jicama-accompanied tuna tartare, and all the entrees feature meat or fish, including a bone-in steak, roasted lamb with a Moroccan pilaf, and a poached halibut with clam ragout. A pasta and grain portion of the menu leans more meat-free, with a pumpkin ravioli and a marinara rigatoni. See the full opening menu below.
This is the chef’s third new restaurant in the last two years, bringing his total to five. Greenwich Village vegetarian restaurant Nix opened last year, and this summer, he opened Narcbar, a booze-friendly spot right by his restaurant Narcissa. He’s also still running Dovetail on the Upper West Side.
The Loyal is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., with the bar staying open until 1 a.m.