Don’t be fooled by its tin ceilings and vintage photographs. Fedora, which opened in Greenwich Village in 1917 and has been recently reinvented, could not be more up-to-date. For those curious about the cutting-edge Canadian meat-centricity, but not enough to trek to Long Island City for bone marrow with oysters at M Wells, the new Fedora is just the place.
Fedora has the feel of a modern speakeasy with a menu of playful dishes from Chef Matt Griffin and creative cocktails from Brian Bartels. The menu features a mix of classics and new dishes, and is inspired by different types of cuisine, the seasons and our purveyors. In the warmer months, we have a small private back garden where we grow many of the herbs that appear on our menu.
The restaurant serves dishes like crispy pig’s head, ricotta gnocchi, steak tartare, potato croquettes, braised short ribs, and a Hampshire pork chop. Recommended Dishes are Hush puppies, chicken liver toast, lobster salad, tongue, duck leg, chocolate cake with milk shots
One of Fedora’s best kept secrets is the private dining room hidden below the restaurant. A walk down the stairs will lead you to the intimate, candle-lit room, ideal for enjoying drinks and dinner with a group of up to ten people. With charming exposed brick walls and caricatures from the original crew adorning the walls, the room features a single vintage wooden table.
Fedora accepts reservations and is open each evening, seven days a week. For guests wishing to dine with a larger group, we have a charming brick lined Private Dining Room below the restaurant that can accommodate up to ten guests.
The place is “Perfect For” just about everything, including feeling awesome. Contributing to the overall feeling of awesomeness: a very comfortable room, lots of action, stiff drinks, pleasant staff members, and excellent food. Throw in the amazing music selections we heard (Modest Mouse, Dandy Warhols, Gnarls Barkley, The Eels) and you’re in Infatuation heaven.
It is, however, important that you know what to expect before you go. This place has more of a “nightlife” feel to it than the some of the other restaurants they run. What that means is that the bar gets crowded as the night goes on, waits can be long for a table, and you might actually see someone wearing a fedora.
Fedora still attracts the creative, the moneyed and the young. It’s a sort of dreamlike supper club where well-crafted cocktails flow into endless conversations
Although dining is the main event in the early evening, the energy level kicks up a few notches later on when an outgoing crowd of fashion-savvy minglers packs into the front alcoves to flirt over drinks and cod fritters.
While no one’s dancing on tables or throwing glasses, Fedora definitely delivers a spirited atmosphere – especially in the last two hours – that makes for a perfect night out for a stylish and conversational crowd.
Hot Nights / When to Go
Friday and Saturday nights for the best crowds, especially after 11:00pm.