After a break up many people dream of moving away and getting a fresh start, but responsibilities inevitably relegate them to wallowing in their old apartment eating ice cream until the only Chunky Monkey left is the one holding the spoon. Deciding instead to change the surroundings they're in, Red Betty's.
After his business partner left and the original concern was closed down, the now-defunct Boucarou's former chef/co-owner decided to stay in the same space and create new memories, revamping the bi-level, retractable-roofed husk with epic half-moon red banquettes, massive flowing red curtains, walls stacked with local art (overseen by an in-house curator), and the Romper Room: a semi-private lounge with beaded doorways in the rear, like some sort of freaky ex-girlfriend. The Franco-Senegalese menu starts with noshes like tuna & salmon tartare w/ spicy potato gaufrettes and Maine lobster/Kobe spring rolls, then moves to oceanic mains including vegetable stuffed Red Snapper w/ tomato sauce, pan seared jumbo scallops w/ sweet corn puree, and broiled sea bass w/ sliced cukes, hard boiled eggs, and black-eyed peas, who apparently didn't realize just how hard boiled the eggs were. Glory's attainable via the Kobe/bison blend Betty's burger, topped shaved truffle, fried eggs, and melted foie, but beyond-the-bun options include a West African filet mignon pot pie w/ peanut butter sauce; grilled BBQ quail w/ potato galette and blackberry vinaigrette; and the rhubarb compote-/lime-cilantro salsa-sided Five Chinese Spiced Foie Gras, served over challah French toast that grants your breakfast-for-dinner gefilte wish.
Drinks're designed by a former Spice Market mixologist, and the bar even gets its own small-bites menu, with everything from thyme-and-truffle dusted wings to sirloin sliders w/ homemade fries -- order them all, and the only spooning you'll get will taste like banana.