First Look at Bill’s, John DeLucie’s Classic Midtown Steak House in the Old Bill’s Gay Nineties Space

Come on in, the porterhouses are aged. Photo: Melissa Hom

With his partners Sean Largotta and Mark Amadei, John DeLucie has opened Bill’s, an update of the former Bill’s Gay Nineties, the 88-year-old former speakeasy which closed on 54th Street in March. Jason Hall, formerly the chef de cusine at Gotham Bar and Grill and Crown, is cooking a menu that includes three dry-aged steaks; a smoked bacon chop with sauerkraut; lobster-spaghetti fra diavolo; and an immense veal shank for two, which is braised in soffrito and garnished with gremolata. Ben Scorah has contributed a cocktail menu of classics based on recipes from classic bartender’s manuals, including a house rickey with vodka and ginger-lemon soda; a Sazerac made from rye, aged cognac, and gingerbread flavors’ and another called the “Hanky Panky,” which contains the NY Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker gin, vermouth, and Fernet Branca. Check out the space, and the menu, ahead.

Menu [PDF]
Cocktails [PDF]

Bill’s, 57 E. 54th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-518-2727