Even though it’s been open just a few months, The General in downtown NYC has already garnered a loyal following and an increasing legion of satisfied diners. This new eatery is from the same group behind CATCH, the much-lauded seafood restaurant in Manhattan’s meatpacking district.
The theme at The General is Modern Asian and it really delivers. The décor is sleek and inviting, and overseeing the cuisine is Chef Hung Huynh, the winner of television’s Top Chef, Season 3. The skilled chef has applied his deft, meticulous hand and his ingenuity has manifested in a myriad of delectable dishes. Superb appetizers like the Mercy Roll (made with Asian pear, avocado and sesame) and a Miso-Yaki Chicken Eggplant (with yam, peanut and sweet red miso glaze) shine on the impressive menu. Main plates like The General’s Beef & Broccoli with braised bone-in ribs and the Caramelized Onion and Aged Provolone provide depth, dimension and several layers of savory pleasure to the proceedings.
The cocktail menu is another major highlight at The General. Overseen by head bartender Colin Maxwell, the drinks are inventive and strong featuring an excellent mix of whimsy and punch. Some examples are The Battle of Bowery made with Beefeater, Yuzu, Chandon Float and a lemon twist, and The Doc made with Bombay Sapphire, carrot, ginger, lemongrass and coconut milk.
On any given night, it’s not uncommon to see Executive Chef Huynh making his rounds through the tables, ensuring the patrons are happy and well-fed. For an evening of fine food and sumptuous drinks in a convivial atmosphere, The General is a spot you should definitely check out.
The General is located at 199 Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.