DINING DIARY | THE BENNETT / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of Oleg March for UrbanDaddy

Image courtesy of Oleg March for UrbanDaddy

The team behind the Raines Law Room and Dear Irving have struck again...and not without the swanky speakeasy feel we all know and love. With each table outfitted in true Raines fashion -- a doorbell at each guest’s disposal to request service -- The Bennett’s charm is off to a good start. Think sleek black bar with gold accents, leather armchairs and deep teal banquettes on either side of smooth, buff high tops, dim lighting offset by candles aglow, and of course, a cocktail menu second to none. Take the Frank of America, for example: a beautifully balanced combination of rye, byrrh, amaro abano, spiced maple, and Angostura, if we ever did see one. Fancy something a bit more indulgent? Go for the Hero of Little Venice, a daring take on a classic flip composed with aged rum, sweet vermouth, whole egg, and root beer. The Bennett’s bill of fare proves a bit heartier than its predecessors, highlighting English and Americana-inspired favorites like spicy grassfed jerky, beef tartare atop a tartine, griddled cheddar cheese “toastie” (served optionally as a croque monsieur with Parisian ham), grilled quail, cauliflower croquettes, and more -- the perfect pseudo-winter menu. (Or actual winter, if that ever comes along). Contact your Attaché for reservations and more menu picks.

134 WEST BROADWAY BETWEEN THOMAS AND DUANE STREETS