Dinner and a movie have never been classier than at the iPic Theater in South Street Seaport. Not only can you order food in the comfort of your theater seat, you can also grab a bite to eat before or after the movie at newly-opened The Tuck Room located on the third floor of iPic.
Sherry Yard, James Beard award-winning chef and COO of iPic’s restaurant division, curates The Tuck Room’s menu while Adam Seger, iPic’s master bartender and advanced sommelier, creates the eclectic seasonal cocktails. Last Monday, the Downtown team had the opportunity to attend a dinner and cocktail tasting at The Tuck Room. Yard’s menu features bite-sized and handheld gourmet treats among other items, perfect for eating in the theater, that Downtown was able to taste for ourselves.
Our first drink upon arrival was a Riesling cocktail with Pop Rocks at the bottom of the champagne glass. It was crisp and refreshing, perfect for the first drink of the night.
The first course was a delicious Ponzu Mignonette oyster, displayed on a glass plate, frozen to keep the oyster cold. A beautiful presentation for a delightful treat! Wine was given per each course, to accompany a different taste for each dish.Our second course was a dish called “The Avocado,” featuring half of a grilled and stuffed Hass avocado with breadcrumbs, cotija cheese, shallot-avocado mousse and finger lime pearls. This dish reinvents avocados to the next level, filled with different flavors and textures to satisfy any palette.In between courses, Yard and her executive chef explained each dish and ensured we were pleased with our meal—which we were, every time. The next course offered was an amazing brioche-crusted crab cake with Old Bay remoulade and a citrus salad. Yard’s crab cake recipe does not have any unnecessary fillers in the cake; instead, it’s just pure crab to emphasize its buttery and fresh flavor.Other courses included sweet and spicy pork belly lettuce wraps, Chinatown duck and Scarlet pepper steak. As you may guess, each course was better than the last. Yard’s creations are made with love, passion and really live up to her “craveable American cuisine” mantra.
After dinner, Seger took us into an area called The Green Room, where you have to push a secret book in the bookcase for the door to open. While there, we fawned over the works of Peter Tunney that lined each wall of The Green Room. We were also invited to try some dessert and any drink of our choice on the menu. Seger explained the cocktail menu, sharing that the cocktails change seasonally.
There is also a VIP bartender once a week, where one individual from New York’s hottest lounges, clubs or bars serves The Tuck Room crowd with cocktail creations of their own and a personal playlist to accompany the night.
The Tuck Room is sure to please any customer for drinks, dinner or both! There’s no need to purchase a movie ticket to visit The Tuck Room — just come on an empty stomach and you will leave feeling satisfied and amazed at every turn.