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The Bowery Launch

In the space on Colborne Street that used to be Six Steps the Uniq Lifestyle Entertainment Group (Ballroom, Cheval, Jacobs & Co.) have opened a restaurant that they hope will evoke the New York City neighbourhood of the same name. Now that they have a food-focused location critics who want to dote on executive chef Tawfik Shehata and the “punk-meets-farm menu” that he and chef de cuisine Jason Maw have created, can do so without having to mention the exorbitantly-priced bowling lanes.

Thanks to an invitation from Dana Fields of Fields Communications I had the chance to attend the media launch of the Bowery, see the space, and sample some of the food and cocktails.

The physical atmosphere strikes me as quite casual and comfortable. To the left of the front door the room is dominated by cushy-banquette equipped booths while to the right the space is tighter and seating is reclaimed wood school chairs (extra cool because they were used in real NYC schools). The seats I most covet though are along the open kitchen bar where the fragrant smoke from the maple-hardwood charcoal grill takes the ambiance up a notch.

Dessert ready to be served at The Bowery media launch event.

Dessert ready to be served at The Bowery media launch event.

The watermelon cups with sherry vinaigrette and the pickled beet and chorizo salad were the two passed appetisers that most caught my attention at the launch party. But who are we kidding? This was a media event and there’s no guarantee of a connection between the food, drink, or service last night and what you might get if you walked in the door this afternoon.

The best I can do is offer these photos of chef Tawfik Shehata’s menu for The Bowery (lunch menu first, click the images for a larger version):

Tawfik Shehata's lunch menu at the Bowery.

Tawfik Shehata's lunch menu at the Bowery.

The dinner menu:

Tawfik Shehata's dinner menu at The Bowery.

Tawfik Shehata's dinner menu at The Bowery.

And let you know that The Bowery is open from 11 AM to 2 AM Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner and dinner only on Saturday from 5 PM to 2 AM (with the kitchen closing at 11:30 PM on all days). Full location and contact details below.

The Bowery: 55 Colborne Street; 416-901-2332;; @theboweryTO

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