There’s no reason to wait to have a Broadway playbill in your hands before stepping through the iron-gated entrance of this Theater District establishment.
Named after the landmark ballet performed by the Ballet Russe, Joe Valentine recently took over the three-story brownstone, a motherland vision by Baroness Irina von der Launitz and her millionaire husband, and is bringing it into its own Renaissance while respecting the past.
The opulent décor in FireBird Restaurant is sprinkled with period antiques, luxe Fabergé eggs, gilded china and dramatic portraits of the Baroness’s family that transport you through time to tsar-reigned St. Petersburg, with an aristocratic menu to accompany it.
One of Valentine’s first managerial moves was enlisting Paul Joseph as executive chef. Having honed his culinary craft in city staples such as Tavern on the Green and Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, he creates authentic dishes that Russophiles flock to, changing it six times a year with seasonal fare.
Whet your palate with their extensive caviar menu and appetizers such as braised pickled pork belly, served with Szechuan peppercorn foie gras and candied citrus chutney or lobster versasia exquisitely layered with avocado butter, lemon citronade, harissa and micro herb salad.
For the main course, opt for the chicken Kiev, golden-fried to perfection and stuffed with a flavor-bursting mixture of herbs and greens, or the dry diver scallops, drizzled in an orange-scented vanilla jus.
Dessert is must, as thickly accented waiters prepare bananas Foster tableside, flambéed with flair. Cap the exquisite meal off with some of their sweetly signature honey-infused vodka cocktails.
365 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036