Verōnika is named after the patron saint of photography, which is fitting since the glamorous restaurant and cocktail bar is located in the Swedish photography museum, Fotografiska New York.
Located on Park Avenue South, the museum and the eatery from renowned restauranteur Stephen Starr take up the historical Church Missions building that dates back to the 1890s and was landmarked in 1979.
The photography museum covers most of the building in six floors, while Verōnika helms the second floor. And though the museum reopened last summer, it wasn’t until August 11th, 2021 that Verōnika officially welcomed customers once again!
According to its website, it is inspired by Eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century.
Pull up to the ornate bar, complete with the original restored stain glass windows, for an innovative cocktail. There’s the sparkling “All that Glitters,” with vodka, green apple, ginger snap, lime and “sparkle.” And the “Golden Parachute” has bourbon, pineapple sour, benedictine, fennel seed and mace. There is also a wide range of wines, and five beers on tap (including a Czech Krusovice Pilsner).
If you’re up for a fancier bite, the food menu—which currently serves dinner—”takes you on a culinary journey from Paris to Budapest.” Appetizers consist of Tuna Tartare, potato pierogi, and “Herring Under a Fur Coat” (a salad with fingerling potato, beets, and pickled vegetables). Along with delightful salad options and soups (including a borscht), the entree highlights include veal goulash, chicken kiev, and a black cod dish with a beurre blanc.
And don’t miss dessert: there’s a Charlotte Russe with strawberries, lady fingers, vanilla bavarois and a Esterházy Torte with hazelnut meringue, custard buttercream, toasted almonds!
Where: 281 Park Ave. South/22nd, Second floor
Make reservations online here (no walk-ins are taken).