R at Rector St.; J, Z at Broad St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z at Fulton St.
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Co-founded by French chef Laurent Tourondel, the BLT brand has spread across the globe, establishing mega-eateries everywhere from Vegas to Hong Kong. This restaurant represents the first endeavor sans LT himself (he split off from the group in spring 2010). The two-floor space inside the financial district’s W Hotel is impersonal and corporate--somewhere you'd take a client to fuel up before pitching a deal. The uninspired menu zeros in on hulking, meaty entrees, including steaks, chops, and chicken. Buzzing around them are tasty, lighter options like a peppery spaghetti with clams and chilis and some dishes borrowed from other BLT repertoires. One standout: a prim cube of tuna tartare settled atop a tray of crushed ice that keeps the fish refreshingly cool. Daily specials beckon with offerings like curried mussels on Mondays and seafood hotpot on Wednesdays. Given the nearly barren culinary offerings of lower Manhattan, BLT Bar and Grill offers Wall Streeters some decent pub-style dining, but it’s unlikely to lure anyone else all the way downtown.Note
The bar stays open until midnight.Recommended Dishes
Deviled eggs, $7; tuna tartare, $18; spaghetti, $22; BLT Burger, $18