February Restaurant of the Month: The Atrium At Hendriks
What happens when you take an old favorite and add on a new, sophisticated twist? It becomes even better, of course! That exact thing just happened in Midtown East’s beloved restaurant, Hendriks. The classic American restaurant and craft cocktail bar recently expanded, and now includes The Atrium – which is located just around the corner with a separate entrance.
The restaurant(s) are ideal for Glenwood residents living in the Midtown East neighborhood – especially at Paramount Tower and The Belmont – even on a frigid February night, the short walk to and from is a welcome one. Or, if you live at Emerald Green on the Westside, a short crosstown jaunt in a cab will get you there in minutes!
What’s the benefit of having two separate restaurants that share the same menu, you ask? Well, for starters, the vibes. While Hendriks is known for being on the livelier side (perfect for a girl’s night out or dinner with coworkers), the Atrium is intimate and quiet… ideal for a romantic February date night. It’s also fun to start the evening at Hendrick’s, and then move the night over to the Atrium (or vice versa, depending on your mood!) Two completely different moods, but one doesn’t have to go far at all in the cold February weather!
The Atrium features a chic, well-stocked granite bar with an industrial style exposed-brick backdrop. The ambiance extends to two dining rooms, one of which is a sky-lit, glass enclosed patio (great for feeling like you’re dining under the stars) and also a smaller, more intimate dining room.
The menu, created by Chef Jaime Munoz, includes house favorite appetizers like deviled eggs topped with smoked salmon ($12) and slow-cooked lamb meatballs in Romesco sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan ($14). The hearty dishes are perfect for creating a warm, comfy feeling in the midst of winter.
Entrees include house made pasta dishes like rosemary gnocchi with acorn squash cream, smoked pear, chestnuts, and Parmesan ($17), as well as smoked pork belly risotto with wild mushrooms and green peas ($21). A house favorite is the signature black Angus burger with aged cheddar, smoked onion jam, pickles and sage Parmesan fries ($17).
Standout desserts include the rich and fudgy flour-less chocolate cake with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream and the apple brown betty with crème fraiche in a brown sugar crust (both at $7). What a way to swoon that sweet Valentine of yours, right?
And of course if you’re in the mood for cocktails, the Atrium is where to go to get the craftiest ones of all. A highlight is the Earl Grey Pisco Sour, made with Pisco, Earl Grey-infused simple syrup, lime juice, and egg whites. Or simply get it without Pisco to make it the best mocktail you’ve ever had.
Hendriks versus The Atrium?
Besides the difference in ambiance (loud and lively at Hendriks versus quiet and intimate and The Atrium), the main difference you’ll find between the two spaces is that, while Hendriks is open for lunch and brunch, The Atrium is a dinnertime only spot (read: 5 pm on.) So if you’re jonesing for some brunch goodness, such as their lobster mac and cheese which is made with rigatoni, cheddar and smoked Gouda sauce ($19), or their organic Scottish salmon, which is served with black quinoa, baby spinach, heirloom tomatoes, and red pepper coulis ($21), head on over to Hendriks. Otherwise, we’ll see you basking in candlelight with your date at The Atrium.
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Good Tips to Know
New Yorkers are always on the lookout for intimate places to host their next event, be it a book club, work party, birthday dinner, or hey, even a Galentines meal with all your favorite girlfriends! The Atrium lets you rent out one or both of their dining rooms, depending on the size of your event. For further information, you can email them at email@example.com.Tweet