Bar Gonzo is an eccentric 70’s style bar situated in Hell’s Kitchen, minutes away from Yotel and Times Square. The inspiration behind Bar Gonzo is the literary style and excess of the disco era. Writers George Plimpton, Ernest Hemingway, and Hunter S. Thompson influence the space. Many of the references on the menu are credited to Hunter S. Thompson.
You feel like you’re on vacation the moment you walk through the doors. The tropical themed design is a mix of old and new. The color palette consists of bright teals and pinks, making it quite a photogenic space. The dining room is situated on the main level and on the second level you will find a bar with a retractable roof. This is where all the fun happens.
The food menu consists of shareable plates and snacks. My brother and I tried out a few shareables and cocktails. We started off with the wagyu beef skewers with habanero vinaigrette. I like them but found the portion a bit on the small side so depending on the size of your party, you may want to order a couple.The Chopped Chicken Salad is a mix of market greens, bacon, hard boiled egg, avocado, shaved farm vegetables, and buttermilk dressing. It was delicious, filling, and the perfect servings for two people. I have to say that the Roasted Baby Carrots with lane, harissa, fried nuts, and mint was my favourite menu item. It had the right amount of kick.
Now let’s just talk about the cocktails for a minute. Bar Gonzo has a very inventive cocktail list and we were fortunate to try so many of them. The cocktails come packed with a punch so I’m sure you will get your buzz on. I cannot wait to revisit Bar Gonzo in the summer. I absolutely loved the chill vibe at Bar Gonzo. It felt like I was at a friend’s place. The focus is on good food, great cocktails, and no pretention.