Bar Continental

There’s an old soul thriving amidst the urban throb of the city. Step into Bar Continental and you’re transported, not just through space, but time. The allure isn’t just in the decor or the drinks, but in the very air itself—dense with nostalgia and melodies of yesteryears.

The majesty of vintage McIntosh and Tannoy speakers holds a promise, a vow to honor every note of the vinyl they serenade you with. The warmth of analog, the crackle before a track, it’s an aural embrace, like hearing an old friend’s voice. And there, orchestrating this symphonic time-travel is Chef Sean Brock. Not with a spatula or whisk this time, but with the vinyl’s delicate grooves, curating an auditory feast to match the culinary one.

A spritz to kick things off. Not just any spritz, but a complex ballet of grey goose, lo-fi sweet, persimmon, and grapefruit with the effervescent kiss of lambrusco. It’s as refreshing as a breeze on a Tuscan afternoon, setting the stage for what’s to come.

Photo of a mixed drink

The charcuterie arrives, and it’s a mosaic of cured flavors and textures. Paired with a Moscow mule, the sharpness of the ginger beer complements the savory slices, dancing gracefully on the palate.

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Then, the Maitake. Oh, the Maitake. Earthy, yet delicate, adorned with chimichurri and crowned with pistachio. A dish that whispers tales of forests and meadows.

The French Onion Soup feels like a warm hug on a winter’s day—rich, cheesy, with layers of flavors, each spoonful a delightful surprise.

Photo of a maitake mushrooms and french onion soup

As the evening wanes, a Mango and Vanilla Parfait graces the table. It’s not just a dessert—it’s a sonnet, layers of sweet and creamy, with each bite a nostalgic nod to summers past.

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But the true pièce de résistance? The Cabernet. A wine so profound, so perfectly structured, it feels like poetry in a glass. A vino that speaks of sun-kissed vineyards and time-honored traditions. Two glasses, and you’re transcended.

To Bar Continental, for its exquisite blend of the sensory and the soulful. To Chef Sean Brock, for reminding us that chefs, at their core, are artists—whether behind the stove or the vinyl. And to nights where every note, bite, and sip weave stories. Here’s to life’s unparalleled symphonies. Cheers!

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