KIPS BAY — A two-story restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine recently opened in Kips Bay with a wine bar, cured meats, a cheese station and a fireplace.
Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, at 384 Third Ave. near 28th Street, features an American menu influenced by chef Eldad Shem-Tov's Israeli heritage, with dishes that are designed to be paired with drinks.
"The menu is a farm-to-table approach with small and medium sharing plates," said Ronan Conlon, the co-owner.
“There’s a proliferation of sports bars in [Kips Bay]. People were looking for an alternative, and were going outside of this neighborhood to get that experience.
"We said, ‘Why not give them what they want?'"
The eatery's signature dishes include braised veal cheek with potato gratin and ravioli with burnt beets, poppy seeds and sage butter.
Whitman & Bloom also bakes its own focaccia in-house and offers an almond tart, served with any of eight choices of homemade ice cream. The bar includes local beer, wine and cocktails.
The 100-seat space features booths, a communal table and a working fireplace on the ground floor, with more seats, another bar and a piano for live entertainment on the basement level — which is expected to be open by the weekend.
"The place can be described as a country kitchen meets farmhouse library," Conlon said.