Out to C
by Julie Besonen, 04/23/2014
Photo: Andrew Kist
115 Ave. C, 917-475-1213, East Village, Manhattan
At the vanguard of Avenue C's recent upgrade is Apartment 13 (or APT-13 for short), a stylish, bilevel lounge and restaurant featuring New American fare. Successfully merging into the chummy neighborhood rather than nosing in like an interloper, it's an alluring date place, good for groups or a night out with the parents. Familiar greetings are frequent from the staff, an outgrowth of chef John Keller and partner-GM Lorrae Doig's efforts to treat the evening like a dinner party in their home, which happens to be apartment 13 (in another building). Grandma Mimi's crab cake recipe doesn't skimp on the crab and carries a zing from Scotch bonnet pepper. Keller also drums up delicious miso-marinated black cod fish sticks and Creekstone Farms dry-aged steak with Rittenhouse rye demi-glace.