Over on Mint Plaza, ~THERMIDOR~ is now in its soft opening mode. The American vintage-inspired project is from Bruce Binn and Neil Jorgensen of Spork, and features a menu of classic American dishes with a modern spin. Once the full menu completely launches, you’ll be able to get the namesake lobster thermidor, but for now, the opening menu includes a number of $6 starters, like house chips with smoked trout, roe, crème fraîche, and shallots; celery Victor; and “crostinos,” with short rib ragu, horseradish cream, and chives. Mains include sole almondine ($22), petrale sole with prosecco-almond sauce, fresh gnocchi, and sweet yellow corn; and a grilled Berkshire pork loin ($23) from Eden Farms, with potato purée, wilted watercress, and cherry vinaigrette. There will also be desserts from pastry chef Kyle Caporicci (previously of Campton Place), like baked Alaska.
Once the restaurant is running at full seating, there will be room for 100 inside (including a mezzanine) and 50 outside. There is a big bar, with different seating arrangements, from a lounge area to mid-high tables for those who just want a drink and a quick bite. The waitstaff will be in white shirts with skinny ties and black pants, and there will be plenty of 1960s design elements, from fiberglass chairs to Scolari chrome chandeliers. The full bar features cocktails from Brooke Arthur, like a modern spin on a Harvey Wallbanger, and the cleverly named Charles and Ray (Hendrick’s gin, orange blossom water, grapefruit bitters, egg whites, tonic). Bar opens at 5pm, dinner at 6pm, open nightly.