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Sprawling new barstaurant featuring "notorious" food and drink, the former from Kendal Duque (Sepia, City Tavern).

Our Review

Part of a chain out of the south and west, American Junkie nevertheless boasts some serious pedigree in the kitchen: Kendal Duque, the opening chef at Sepia, who's also put in time at Tru, Everest, and NoMi. His menu here is an aggregation of cliches—bacon-wrapped dates, mushroom risotto, soft pretzels—but they're cliches that are largely well executed. A pile of lobster cradled in a beef bone does well by its shellfish; wild boar chili-cheese fries are way too salty, but it's hard to stop eating them nonetheless. One of Duque's flatbreads, topped with foie gras, pineapple, balsamic syrup, and pistachios, was rich and lovely, more dessert than dinner. Small, shareable plates and appetizers constitute most of the menu, but there also are a couple of big plates, including a scallop pasta, rotisserie chicken, and a simple, good fisherman's stew. On the second floor is a retractable roof and a DJ booth, and I counted 16 TVs on the first floor alone, but if you can focus more on the foods than the dudes—and boy are there a lot of them—you might put together a decent meal. Read the full review >>

Sam Worley

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Part of a chain out of the south and west, American Junkie has a retractable roof and a DJ booth on the second story, and I counted 16 TVs on the first floor alone. Wine's available by the bottle, along with a solid, if standard, selection of bottled beers and a draft list containing, alongside Bud Light Lime and its ilk, a couple boutique surprises. Cocktails are either just as boring as or more boring than you'd expect, but they're not as sweet as they look, by and large, and that's a good thing. —Sam Worley

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