Bond 45 in Manhattan has been around for many years but moved to its new location in 2017, on West 46th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues on the side of the Hotel Edison. I had walked past the old location many times as my office was nearby at the time but never popped-in.
Fast forward many years and I had tickets to a musical on Broadway and was looking for someplace nearby to eat before the show. I didn’t feel like venturing west to 9th avenue so wanted someplace close to the theater This is always a challenge because the Times Square area is tourist central and options tend to skew more touristy than fine dining in the immediate area. So, when I saw Bond 45 had moved around the corner from the theater of the show I was seeing — I decided to give it a go.
The new space occupies two floors with a main-level including a large bar area and a lower-level which is affectionately known as The Patio as it gives the feel that you are dining pseudo-al fresco — Edison light bulbs, greenery and subtle digital screens help complete the illusion.
The restaurant is quite large and extremely busy but from the moment you arrive through meal service you are made to feel like you are their only guest. I had checked-out the menu prior to my visit and spied that they offered gluten-free pasta AND happened to make a pastrami carbonara complete with bagel seasoning so I knew exactly what I’d be having.
Bond 45 is known for its massive antipasto bar and while the options looked delicious, I was not really in the mood for it — so something to look forward to next time. To start, I opted for a chopped salad of mixed greens that was chock-full of peas, tomato, Pecorino cheese, marcona almonds and cucumber tossed in a wonderful poppy seed yogurt dressing.
The star of the show was the pastrami carbonara. The non-GF version is made with spaghetti but the gluten-free pasta was fusilli which worked well. It was a truly unique pairing of cubes of pastrami tossed in a light carbonara sauce then topped with a poached egg. Perhaps the pièce de résistance was the incorporation of everything bagel spices which took this dish completely off the charts. Alas, they appear to have changed their menu along with the change of seasons so this dish has been replaced. Hopefully it will be back on the menu when fall/winter arrives because it was the perfect dish for a cold evening.
For dessert, GF options were limited but there was a chocolate mousse with shaved chocolate and ganache that was chocolate heaven — not too sweet and full of flavor. They also come around with baking sheets with non-GF cookies for guests which I thought was a nice touch and something a bit different — even if I was not able to indulge.
All in all Bond 45 was a great experience and provides a solid option for pre- or post-theater dining when in the Times Square/Theater District area. You can learn more about Bond 45 on their website where you can also checkout their menus — they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a brunch.