In the summer of 2005, Mary Feldman discovered a slice of the Lower East Side at 115 Allen Street. To save the uninhabited space from becoming a Quiznos, she approached friend and restaurateur, Richard H. Freidberg, with an idea. Two years later, in October 2007, Mary and Richard opened Allen & Delancey, and transformed this space into an unexpected dining destination. Today, several small rooms are illuminated by flickering candles and creates the feeling of a fallen attic, or hidden passageway, an ambiance crafted by Jason Volenec of RKIT Design. Filled with relics of former inhabitants, time seems to stop among the cracked paintings, tethered books, exposed brick walls and heavy drapes, just long enough to enjoy an exceptional meal and seductive cocktail.
The menu, under the direction of chef Ryan Skeen, offers a farm-fresh approach to classic American dishes with international influences, reflective of the restaurant’s eclectic Lower East Side neighborhood. As an educator of tip-to-tail eating, Ryan’s menu showcases his dedication to classic French technique and skillful butchery, as seen in dishes such as Grilled Lamb Belly with Bibb Lettuce, Curried Almonds, Goat Cheese & Grapefruit; Sweet Bread Tortellini with Rapini, Chili Flake & Parmesan Brodo; and Porchetta & Morcilla with Riesling Braised Cabbage, Hazelnuts & Violet Mustard. He also incorporates fresh seafood on the menu in dishes such as Scallop Crudo Lime Vinaigrette, Pink Peppercorns, Shiso & Trout Roe; and Shellfish Tagliollini Cockles, Mussels, Shrimp, Sea Urchin & Bacon.
The cocktail list developed by Alex Day is an intuitive crafting of spirits. The thought provoking elixirs perfectly complement the long dim lit corridor where they are stirred and sipped, long before and after dinner. The wine list, directed by sommelier Alex Miranda, ranges from eclectic and unexpected finds to connoisseur classics.
Since its opening, Allen and Delancey has collected a 2009 Michelin Star Award, 2 stars from The New York Times, was noted as a best new restaurant in 2008 by New York Magazine and Time Out New York.
The restaurant is located at 115 Allen Street (at Delancey), New York, NY 10002, and is open Monday through Saturday for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Sundays. The bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations and information, please call (212) 253-5400 or visit www.allenanddelancey.net