A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
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38th to 50th St., Sixth Ave. to Eleventh Ave.
This venue is closed.
From the street, Rachel's American Bistro is nearly indistinguishable from the other moderately priced Hell's Kitchen restaurants dotting Ninth Avenue. But jazz standards and subdued lighting set a sophisticated, convivial mood that helps the interior overcome its kitschy faux-cottage styling. Rachel's delivers inspired New American fare anchored by satisfying staples, like baked chicken, ribeye steak, and grilled salmon. Carrot-parsnip-broccoli purée and corn soufflé offer brilliant twists on familiar side dishes. The chicken baked in crushed pecan and sweet honey mustard is crunchy and moist, while a Dijon soy demi glaze gives a little kick to a savory pistachio-encrusted tuna. A full list of after-dinner coffees and digestifs may tempt you to linger among the inconspicuous, mixed-age crowd, but even if you make a quick exit, a meal at Rachel's will leave most palates satisfied.Brunch
Entree and cocktail, $12.95; Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m.3 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.3 p.m.Recommended Dishes
Spinach potato soup, $7.95; chicken breast with pecans in a honey mustard sauce, $16.95; rare pistachio-encrusted tuna in a Dijon soy demi glaze, $22.95