100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 73 Proof

Proof. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

These days, it’s not much of a surprise to find a menu listing both Vietnamese Wagyu-beef carpaccio and nonna-inspired chicken meatballs draped in tomato sauce. What is a revelation is finding a kitchen that can nail a repertoire of dishes from an atlas’s worth of places. For the most part, Haidar Karoum’s team can.

The amber-lit room is part wine bar, part cocktail lounge, part restaurant and is as well suited for a post-Portrait Gallery cheese plate as it is for a lingering date night. If there’s one area to ignore, it’s the dessert section—the uninspired sweets feel stuck in the ’90s.

Don’t miss:

  • Butter-lettuce salad with avocado and grapefruit
  • Goat cheese with honey
  • Duck confit with cornbread
  • Miso-glazed sablefish
  • Lamb chops with apricots

Try Proof’s Chef Recipes

Crispy Duck Confit with Spicy Salad

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