Charles (The Next Waverly Inn??) Opens Tonight, But You Are So Not Getting In

News from John DeLucie’s camp: Charles, the clubby West Village spot he consulted on with head chef John McAllister, will open tonight (tonight), presumably with one very fashionable Halloween party (you’ll remember the owners, a designer and a promoter, are aiming for exclusivity). Thanks to a Waverly Inn–like no-photography rule and a complete and total lack of reservation line (talk to the hand, people), it may be a while before you get to set foot in the place. But you're welcome to try your luck with Or just look at the menu and eat your heart out.

First Course
Yukon Gold & Celeriac Soup, Roasted Hazelnuts & Cinnamon Oil - $10
Smoked Trout, Green Apples, Fennel & Black Pepper Crème Fraiche - $14
Coriander Seared Tuna, Caper, Olive & Tomato Confit - $17
Potato Gnocchi, Squash, Spinach & Pecorino Romano - $16
Red Endive, Watercress, Dolce Gorgonzola, Sicilian Pistachios & Pear - $12
Grilled Octopus, Blood Orange, Fennel, Olives & Chilies - $15
Grilled Lamb Skewers, Roasted Garlic & Mint Yogurt - $16, $25

Second Course
Braised Short Rib of Beef, Swiss Chard, Golden Raisin & Pine Nuts - $26
Grilled Herb Stuffed Whole Branzino, Broccoli Rabe & Lemon - $29
Seared Duck Breast, Roasted Grapes & Escarole - $29
Pan Roasted Chicken Charred Peppers, Marcona Almonds & Arugula - $25
Seared Diver Scallops & Prawns, Fingerling Potatoes & Saffron Sauce - $29
Charles Burger, Gruyere, Roasted Cipolini Onions & Hand Cut Pommes Frites - $20
Pan Roasted Cod Fillet, Poached San Marizano Tomatoes & Cerignola Olives - $25
Grilled Lamb Rack, Caponata & Pomegranate - $35
Cast Iron New York Strip Steak, Roasted Tomatoes & Watercress - $39

Side Dishes - $8
Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Caramelized Onions & Roasted Hazelnuts
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Smoked Paprika & Herbs
White Polenta, Aged Goat Cheese
Roasted Mushrooms, Squash, Pancetta & Sage

Earlier: John DeLucie Introduces Us to Charles

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