When The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar — once known as the Blue Dog Café — expanded its flagship New York City location in 2019 into a full-service restaurant and bar, it quickly gained a well-earned reputation for its elevated comfort-driven fare, sophisticated cocktail program, and chic bustling vibe.
Now the Manhattan-based culinary concept will bring the same meticulously-crafted cuisine and polished service to South Florida when it opens to the public on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at 6000 Glades Road at Town Center in Boca Raton.
"Much has happened since the original Blue Dog Café opened in 2006, and even more so in the past two years since we became a full-service high-end restaurant beyond the seven-day brunch we were historically known for," Blue Dog operator Elizabeth Slavutsky tells News Break. "We had our eye on South Florida as the home for our first restaurant outside New York for some time and Boca Raton just made sense."
The menu, overseen and executed by corporate chef Yanna Slavutsky and executive chef Chris Barre is overflowing with tempting options that speak to practically every whim or flavor profile. The dinner menu kicks off with a selection of East and West Coast oysters served with peach mignonette and cocktail sauce, as well as oyster shooters.
Guests are encouraged to explore the "Start & Share" options with an eclectic array of dishes like grilled Octopus with farm potato, yuzu chimichurri, and blistered cherry tomato; "Rubies & Pearls" prepared with Yellowtail, salmon crudo, wasabi tobiko, and citrus ponzu; butternut squash fries with spicy harissa aioli; and Buffalo cauliflower with sweet chili and blue cheese ranch.
The menu's "Handmade Dumplings" section will steal the show featuring creative takes on a variety of choices. The "Tuna Pizzete," "Ahi Tataki," and "Bone Marrow Crab Cake" are considered signature dishes, while larger plates steal the show with dishes like braised short ribs with horseradish mashed potato and crispy Brussels sprouts or the Filet Trio with crab Oscar and truffle butter.
Seafood options feature the house-made "Lobster Mac & Cheese" with Maine lobster, tomato blush, and toasted panko; "Crusted Ahi Tuna" with forbidden rice, baby bok choy, tamarind teriyaki wasabi, and micro shiso. Guests can also indulge in traditional pasta dishes such as the seafood tagliatelle and truffle wild mushroom gnocchi. Meat lovers, fear not: an incredible selection of signature burgers highlights the Notorious D.O.G., a beef burger with boozy cheese, onion strings, sunny side egg, and truffled chicken gravy.
As an homage to the original Blue Dog Café, the restaurant will also serve brunch seven days a week. Dishes include hand-tailored omelets, an array of Benedicts, egg sandwiches, and chef specialties that run the gamut from a pumpkin-stuffed French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and huevos rancheros to a house-cured salmon platter.
Under the direction of chief mixologist and general manager Nesha Korak, whose resume includes world-renowned cocktail bar Employees Only, the beverage program at Blue Dog reflects excellence in execution combined with fun and creativity.
Innovative libations include "Promise of Paradise" – vodka shaken with lychee lemongrass cordial, fresh lemon juice, and finished with prosecco; Summer Crush – watermelon infused gin shaken with Lillet Blanc, fresh Lemon Juice, and sparkling wine, served over ice with Prosecco and watermelon radish; The Maximillian – anejo tequila shaken with agave nectar, fresh lime juice, egg white and absinthe bitters; and Della Costa – Plantation Pineapple rum, fresh pineapple juice, Apertivo Select, house made rhubarb bitters and fresh lime. Craft beers and a curated selection of wines will also be on offer.
The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar Boca Raton. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton located immediately adjacent to the valet stand at the Boca Raton Town Center; 561-961-3330. The restaurant will be open seven days a week. Dinner will be offered Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Brunch will be served daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A midday small plates menu will be available daily from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made via Open Table or by calling the restaurant or visiting bluedogboca.com