| Acclaimed, award-winning chef Charlie Palmer has a new restaurant, AVA Social, located in the heart of the Fashion District in New York City inside the boutique Archer Hotel. The chic and contemporary environs is a nod to its fashionable location, where fashion photographs grace the walls in the cool and casual space, while the open kitchen allows foodies to watch the chefs in action. Luxury Experience was at the pre-opening party on Friday, February 21, 2020, and what a party it was!
Debra C. Argen and Chef Charlie Palmer
Charlie Palmer hosted an incredible opening party to celebrate his latest restaurant, AVA Social, which opened to the public on February 22, 2020. The wine flowed, cocktails were shaken and stirred, and the creative food from the kitchen tempted the eye as well as the palate. Located in the Fashion District in the 180-room luxe boutique 22-story Archer Hotel on 38th Street at mid-block of 6thAvenue, AVA Social is perfectly positioned for lunch, meeting friends for social hour, dinner, or late night. The ambience is chic, contemporary, and casual, and the food is outstanding.
The menu is divided into Snacks, Small Plates, Dips, Crispy Fries, Salads & Vegetables, Pastas, Large Plates, From the Grill, and Sweets. There is a nice selection of wines by the glass as well as wines by the bottle priced at $35 and $55. Cocktails are inspired and there is a selection of beers on tap as well as by the bottle.
From the Snacks section, we had the Oysters with cocktail sauce, Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce, and Scallop on a Stick with sea scallop, crispy potato and citrus dressing, and all were delicious. From the Small Plates section, we tried the Chicken Tacos with guacamole, tomatillo, and chile de pol, the Fried Chicken Sliders with coleslaw and spicy mayo, and the Cheeses & Journeyman Charcuterie.
Grilled Shishito Peppers
From the Large Plates section, we had the Shrimp Scampi on Garlic Bread with Mozzarella,and from the Crispy Fries section we had the AVA-Cado Fries served with 2 dipping sauces, which were crusty coated fried avocado slices that were melt-in-our-mouths fabulous. We also had the Grilled Shishito Peppers with Maldon Salt from the Salads & Vegetables section of the menu.
From the Grill section, we tried two of their wonderful skewer offerings, Lamb Kefta with house dipping sauce, and Jalapeńo Peppers stuffed with cheese with a crunchy coating that tempted our palates more than once.
The cocktail menu is creative and two of the tasty cocktails offered that night were the Tęte-Ŕ- Tęte, made with Bulldog Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Cucumber, Lime and Basil shaken and served in a martini glass that was very refreshing, and the Oaxacan Negroni made with Montelobos Mezcal, Campari, Cinzano 1757 Rosso Vermouth served over a large square ice cube that was a perfect blend of Mexican and Italian ingredients.
Ava Social by Charlie Palmer is open for lunch, dinner, and late-night cocktails. Hours: 11:00 am until 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 am until midnight Friday and Saturday. A late-night menu is offered from 10:00 pm until closing.
Jenni Bartley and
Timothy Bartley, VP of Business Affairs & Legal Counsel
Charlie Palmer Group
Stylishly end your day or begin your evening at AVA Social & Lobby Bar Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, with half-priced wine, beer, and cocktails, $1 oysters and $1 shrimp cocktail, and half-priced small and large plates.
For more information, check out the menus, or to make a reservation at AVA Social by Charlie Palmer, please visit the website: www.AVASocial.com
AVA Social by Charlie Palmer
47 W. 38th Street
New York, New York 10038
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