Pennsylvania 6 is a new hot spot parked right near Penn Station (go figure), giving commuters an alternative place to booze and dine. But it's so damn good that we have a feeling locals will be flocking here, too. Hailed as a cross between Oak Room and Oyster Bar, owner Chris Coco brought on Culinary Director Brian Cooke and Chef Scott Swiderski to oversee the creation of the menu. Executive Chef Humberto Leon (formerly of STK Downtown) serves patrons classic American cuisine such as beer braised short ribs and succulent organic roasted chicken. The menu also emphasizes the raw bar, which shells out fresh oysters and shellfish. Pair any dish with their out-of-this-world side dishes, like the sweet corn pudding, and prepare to be in heaven.
Additionally, pastry chef Ashley Palma goes crazy on the dessert menu...and we mean crazy good. Her clever and sweet dishes include her take on a candy bar, with layers of feuilletine crunch, soft peanut nougat and chocolate, and drunkin' donuts, which a cinnamon s ugar donuts stuffed with rum flavored dulce de leche, dunked in chocolate stout cream and blackberry sauce. Does it even get much better than this?
As good as the food is here, the cocktails make for good competition. Master mixologist Craig Hutson is dedicated to the resurgence of classic American cocktails and does so fabulously. The refreshing Treaty of Paris incorporates St. Germain, elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, and melon puree, while the unusual Basil Peach Shandy, made with Rothman & Winter Peach Liqueur, Defiant Pale Ale, and topped with basil drizzle makes for a nice surprise for all. The bar also features daily cocktail specials, many of which incorporate seasonal fruit juices and garnishes.
Not only does this new place have prime cocktails and a choice selection of food, but the space itself is a fun place to gather. The dining room is comprised of red leather banquettes, oak panel walls and marble tabletops, not to mention a large bar and giant media wall with numerous HDTV screens. In addition to catching their favorite sports teams and special TV events, diners can check the LIRR and Amtrak train schedules to ensure they make their commute smoothly. The restaurant also features a loft space, available for private dining, that offers a great view of the busy restaurant and big screens.
So whether or not you plan on traveling via Penn Station anytime soon, add Pennsylvania 6 on your list of stops and we promise it will be worth it.