On the very day that hes debuting his new Plaza Food Hall to the press (it opens June 4), Todd English has announced that his restaurant at 310 West 44th Street (described to New York as my version of a brasserie) will be called a Va when it opens in July. A press release brings word that Francesco Lafranconin (an alum of Harry's Bar in Venice, among others) is doing the cocktails, and designer Jeffrey Beers (who also had a hand in the Plaza Food Hall) is designing the space to include a front lounge with fireplace, a 56-seat private dining room, and a courtyard garden (the restaurant is an appendage of the InterContinental New York Times Square). la Balthazar, therell be an adjoining ptisserie, a Va March, specializing in pastries, soups, and sandwiches. Here, from the release, are some details about the menu.
a Va will serve traditional brasserie fare as well as playful, contemporary interpretations of the classics. A la carte menu items include Chef English's signature Cassoulet of Duck Confit with Pork Sausage and Merguez, and a Va Steak Frite with Herb-Onion Butter. Rotating nightly "Plats du Jour" will feature such quintessential French favorites as Bouillabaisse with Rouille, Cote de Boeuf with Potato Rosti, and Seasonal Whole Roasted Fish Allemande.
Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, 1 W. 59th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-986-9260
a Va, 310 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave.