Yesterday we were able to get a sneak preview of The Bedford, including a first look at the menu. So much has already been written about the restaurant, and almost all of it has been dedicated to its very unusual location. The restaurant is basically carved out of the basement of an old bank, and it has utilized as much of the existing decorations as possible in its final design. Safe deposit boxes line the walls, old black marble is used in the bathrooms, and teller cages double as light fixtures. Of course, the most dramatic example of this creative repurposing is the old bank's vault, which has been turned into a lounge area. It is certainly one of the most distinctive looking restaurants to open all year. We have a full slideshow of the space, which you can check out below. But we were also able to sample one of the dishes and chat with Chef Mark Steuer about what he planned for the full menu.
Steuer told us that the goal with the menu was to “keep it simple,” while still using as many “modern techniques” as possible. We were able to sample the heirloom asparagus salad, which also features house cured duck ham, a four minute egg, and parmesan shavings.
While the menu isn’t officially ready for release, we are able to let you know a few things to look out for. The menu will be divided into six different sections (To Snack On, From the Soil, From the Sea, From the Pasture, On Bread, From the Cremery), and some, but not all, of the dishes are available in “Taste” and “Indulge” portions.
Appetizers include deviled eggs, hand cut fries, and even fried chicken wings, albeit ones with a ramp buffalo sauce and house buttermilk ranch. Along with the heirloom asparagus salad that we sampled, there is a Bedford cobb, panzanella, and a spinach salad. Seafood options include scallops with leek and mushroom ragout, a Bedford fish fry with “crispy skinned whitefish,” and also pan roasted halibut cheeks. As for meat options, the menu includes a roasted chicken breast, grilled pork tenderloin, and even duck confit. Chef Steuer was also pretty proud of the Bedford burger, which features a hand packed patty with a Canadian bacon and blue cheese slaw, and a sunnyside up egg.
You can sample it all very soon, as the restaurant plans to officially open very soon. In the meantime, check out the slideshow we put together.