Because a man can only stand Gordon Ramsay's wild gesticulations for so long, last year's Hell's Kitchen runner-up (and former Gargoyles exec chef) Jason Santos is now opening Blue Inc. Housed in the former Lobby Bar & Kitchen, the intimate 50-seater's slinging imaginative New American and cheeky cocktails amidst floor-to-ceiling windows, a 12-seat bar, and walls artfully faux-covered in Elmer's Glue, meaning their un-bouncy exterior makes them totally defenseless from your schoolyard insults! Stop sniffing the walls for long enough, and you'll find
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Noshables include onion & cheese-battered mini Kobe corn dogs, slow-cooked Kurobuta pork belly w/ blueberry pudding & pink pepper, and chipotle crema/mango salsa'd crunchy lobster accompanied by a habañero pipette, the mentioning of which has already caused Louie Anderson to break into delicious middle school science labs across the country
They're pouring refreshing barley (Avery Joe's American Pilsner, Rock Art American Red Ale) alongside playfully creative cocktails like the Angry Tomato Bloody Mary w/ gazpacho vodka, pickled green beans & double-secret Creole mix; The Anorexic Model (Cognac, lychee bubbles & St. Germain); and an on-the-rocks Fat Boyz Margarita mixed w/ candied grilled jalapeños/smoked chili sea salt, and infused with beef stock, aka what happened to the Kennedy bloodline when Schwarzenegger married in
Literally round yourself out with braised veal cheeks accompanied by potato puree and watermelon tartare; fried soft shell crabs in a green garlic & tiger shrimp butter; honey & hoisin-glazed duck confit w/ sweet sticky rice and coconut milk; and habañero bbq-syrup'd, buttermilk fried chicken that's boneless, meaning it's only a matter of time before Ramsay screams at it to grow a backbone and clean up its operation.