The saying on the wall above the stylish bar reads, “A Bite from a pear is better than a kiss from an alligator.” Alligator Pear (150 West 30th St) in the Garment District offers a little bite of both. The bi-level space features a massive bar with and aqua blue base and lots of brass elements and globe lights. The rest of the space has a loungy feel with balcony seating overlooking the main dining room and a private area called The Oak Room for events.
The kitchen is helmed by New Orleans native and Rising Star Chef Dominick Lee. The food focuses on the flavors of New Orleans with Tempura Alligator Bites with spicy house sauce, popcorn spice and basil; Blue Crab Beignets with spicy honey; and Grilled Prawns with Guinea Flint Grit Cakes, rosemary-lemon butter sauce and charred tomatoes.
There are oysters served three ways – raw, char-broiled and as a Grand Oyster Platter. There is Louisiana Jambalaya served paella style with shrimp and andouille sausage, as well as a vegan version. Gumbo is also served. Diners can also fill up on steak, including a dry-aged bone-in New York Strip for two and Newport Steak topped with béarnaise sauce and chive oil. Visitors will also find a classic burger, spicy sausage & potatoes, fried chicken and Cousin Ash’s Catfish with pickled cabbage slaw.
Cocktails offer bold flavors ranging from the Voodoo Hurricane, a mix of bourbon, Grand Marnier, orange juice. Passion fruit puree and orange sherbet to classic Palomas and Hemingway Daiquiris.
Definitely worth a visit!