Located in Hell’s Kitchen, La Silhouette’s very creative bill of fare is not nouveau, nouvelle, or traditional, but modern French of a sort encountered every day in Paris. Not yet two years old, the restaurant has already made its mark on the New York City culinary scene, winning a 2011 Concierge Choice Award for “Best New Restaurant” and earning a coveted “Z” in the 2012 edition of Zagat, which refers to restaurants that have received their “highest ratings, popularity, and importance.” La Silhouette also received an outstanding 26 for food, 21 for décor and 25 for service.
Owners Sally Chironis and Tito Rahman, alums of NYC’s classic La Bernardin, manage the front of the house while executive chef Matthew Tropeano (formerly of La Grenouille) helms the kitchen. And the food is where La Silhouette really shines. Appetizers include a Poached Farm Egg with “truffled” mascarpone polenta, oyster mushrooms, and procini coulis; Long Island Fluke Tartare with American caviar, citrus vinaigrette, and poppy seed flatbread; and Veal Sweetbreads with butternut squash agnolotti, pumpkin seeds, and sage. Entrées include a Wild Mushroom Risotto with truffle oil and Parmigiano; Lamb Chop and Lamb Shank Crèpinette with broccoli rabe, sweet potatoes, fennel-lamb sausage, and rosemary jus; Filet and Beef Short Rub with Yukon potato purée, roasted shallots, and burgundy beef jus; and Butter Poached Lobster & Bass with celery root-apple “slaw” and leek fondue and sauce Américaine. A five-course tasting menu is available by request ($95/$150 per person with wine pairing; entire table only).
Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., 11:30am-2:30pm; brunch Sat. & Sun., 11:30am-2:30pm; and dinner Sun.-Mon., 5-10pm, Tues. until 11pm, and Fri. & Sat. until midnight.