Wild Salmon

So I read about a new restaurant serving Pacific Northwest beers not found anywhere else in NYC. But, of course, I could find no mention of what the actual beers were (big surprise, as beer is scarcely mentioned in your typical restaurant preview/review). Hmmmm….. I booked us a reservation on OpenTable to find out more. Wild Salmon is located on the NE corner of 3rd Ave & 40th St. We walked in and were immediately seated (thank you, OpenTable). Wild Salmon, New York City It’s a beautiful restaurant (Slander was entranced with the “stream” of metallic fish hanging from the ceiling). Oh – and the beers – 6 drafts: 4 from Pacific Rim Brewery, including Rat City IPA, Driftwood Ale, Vashon Old Stock Ale, and Admiral ESB; and 2 from Rogue, the Juniper and nitro Stout. They also have 9 bottles: 4 from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, Nightwatch Ale, Islander Pale, Flagship Red Alt, and Imperial IPA; also Widmer Hef, Red Hook Copperhook Spring, Rogue Dead Guy, Stella, and Heineken. I’ve never had a Pacific Rim or a Maritime, so we were off to a good start. We tried several over the course of the meal, our faves being the Admiral ESB, Driftwood Ale, and the Nightwatch Ale. The meal was very good. They brought out freshly made flatbread sprinkled with herbs, yum. We shared a Pacific NW Nuts & Berries salad and the oven roasted alaskan sea scallops wrapped in lamb prosciutto, yeah, the latter was really good. I’m starting to drool just remembering. Slander had the Alaskan King crab legs (which went splendidly with the Nightwatch) for dinner, which he was quite happy with. I ordered the Coho Salmon, cedar planked, with wild oregon morel pinot noir sauce – very tasty. We finished with the goat cheese cake and the chocolate extravaganza. I love goat cheese cake and was very pleased with this one. We settled the bill and headed upstairs to check out the bar area. Wild salmon taps
The grey marble bar seats eleven. Wood ceiling and floor with recessed upside-down candle lighting set off the red banquettes with black seat cushions and cheetah-print pillows placed throughout. There are also grey and brown leather chairs, milk chocolate brown crushed velvet chairs and crocodile-patterned ottomans scattered around. Tortoiseshell candleholders on the copper-topped tables add to the atmosphere. A plush, sensual feast with comfortable seating. A flat screen TV were playing the Yankees game. The taps are ice-covered – undoubtably serving the beer too cold, but very cool looking. They have a nice bar menu, with snacks and more substantial fare. Draughts ran us $7 each, bottles $8 (entrees run between $23-$50, btw). Oh, and the upstairs bathrooms are a 5 out of 5 – clean, spacious, and aesthetically pleasing.
Me at Wild Salmon
My consensus: the restaurant is recommended to craft beer lovers looking for a special meal, or check out the bar for Pacific Rim and Driftwood beers in a beautiful setting (with tasty snacks as an option).

Wild Salmon
622 Third Ave, corner of 40th St
New York, NY 10016

nearest subway: 4, 5, 6, or 7 train to Grand Central, walk west on 42nd to Third Ave, then south to 40th St
parking garages abound in the area (use NYC Garages to find the cheapest one before you go)

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