DINING DIARY | BLACK BARN / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of Oleg March for UrbanDaddy

Image courtesy of Oleg March for UrbanDaddy

An airy, spacious barn in the heart of Manhattan overlooking Madison Square Park? It’s officially a thing, thanks to 30 year Waldorf Astoria vet John Doherty and his team behind Black Barn. Modern American fare meets Chef Doherty’s classic approach to hospitality, coupling thoughtful cuisine with unexpected accents and a rustic vibe to boot. Low, wooden rafters give sky-high ceilings an approachable feel, mirroring Chef’s ability to do the same with his dishes, each unique in composition yet familiar on the palate all the while. The entrance leads to a casual lounge, a prelude to the main dining room, a symphony crescendoed by a quaint champagne and oyster bar dividing the two. Make the first stop here for an apéritif before the main act, moving on into the back room for a casually convivial dining experience on the main floor, or opt for Chef’s tasting flanking the very open kitchen. Private dining takes flight here with a beautifully appointed coterie of scattered spaces, from cabin-esque alcoves tucked around the dining space to a hidden loft overlooking the action -- perfect for private parties or casual get-togethers taken up a notch. Contact your Attaché for menu picks, reservations, and Chef’s tasting or private dining bookings.

19 EAST 26TH STREET BETWEEN BROADWAY AND FIFTH AVENUE