Food For Thought — December 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Nothing Beats a Night at Bea

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Heading into the heart of Times Square can be a nightmare for true New Yorkers — mobs of people, chain restaurants and tourists everywhere. That’s why Bea, located just outside the hustle and bustle, is a welcome reprieve and great new addition to the neighborhood. Everything from the wooden tables and white-washed brick walls to the old Hollywood movies projecting onto the walls and piano will win you over. The design of the space is so well done, both classy and welcoming all at once. The unique cocktail bar was specially designed so that no matter where you sit you can see everyone else at the bar. Additionally, there is a cozy skylit courtyard, which was an old alleyway that was enclosed, along with an old tree.

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But aside from its obvious charm, Bea also offers diners impeccable food and drink, not to mention an amazing host in owner Sotir Zonea. Chef Anunya Clarke offers customers a multi-cultural American menu, with items such as Pork Dumplings, Mushroom Pizza and Chicken Liver Tartine. The restaurant, unlike many in the area, offers small portions, perfect for sharing, or for a wholesome meal. We could not get enough of the House Ricotta, served with warm and fresh grilled bread, rosemary honey and sea salt. Other favorites included the Green Pasta, comprised of fresh spinach tagliatelle with marinated shrimp and the Warm Asparagus Salad, topped with poached egg, pistachio and miso vinaigrette.

Make sure to accompany your meal with some of the top notch drinks, made by bartender and mixologist Jason Walsh. Each cocktail is comprised of fresh ingredients, including fruits, herbs and house-made syrups. No matter your spirit of choice, there is something on the menu for everyone. In addition to the cocktails, the bar also offers a rotating selection of beer and wines.
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Dessert at Bea is equally enticing, with Crepes (nutella, strawberry, and blueberry) and Chocolate Mousse with berries. Bea is a restaurant that stands out among its peers, where patrons can go to relax in a nice space, without the pretentiousness found in many a New York restaurant. This is a great spot for hanging out with friends or a date.
Bea is located at 403 W. 43rd Street. 

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