For Fairfield County’s power lunchers, Geoffrey Zakarian is solving the lunch issue with a Prix Fixe lunch menu at The National in Greenwich. We all know what it is like to go to lunch and not have time to really enjoy it. Zakarian is doing the work for us by creating a three-course meal for $21 at The National and customers are loving it.
This is not the first time Zakarian has done a Prix Fixe menu either. The Lambs Club in Midtown Manhattan offers a three-course menu that is extremely popular. “This format allows our guests to have a price expectation for their meal, its time, and is also a fun opportunity to highlight new and seasonal dishes,” said Zakarian.
The Zakarian empire includes his role as a television personality on Food Network’s Chopped, Cooks vs. Cons and The Kitchen, host of SiriusXM’s FOOD TALK, author of “My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients,” and restaurateur behind several restaurants including The Lambs Club in New York City, as well as Georgie and The Garden Bar at Montage Beverly Hills. In November of 2015, Zakarian added The National in Greenwich to his portfolio of world-class restaurants and is bringing his strategies with him.
The National ensures that the customers always come first, providing diners with high quality food, while ensuring that they’ll have plenty of time to make their next meeting or appointment. Zakarian understands the needs of the modern work lunch and understands the differences they require for lunch vs. dinner. “It’s the same customer, just with different objectives. Dinner is more about being with your family, or spending time with friends, visiting, gathering and spending leisurely time. Lunch is typically more about a stop between shopping, a business lunch, refueling after a fitness class, or a quick bite before or after picking up the kids from school,” said Zakarian.
Zakarian and his culinary team carefully crafted the Prix Fixe menu. The seasonal menu this October included appetizers of a salad of young lettuces with pistachios and ricotta salata with a creamy tarragon dressing or a chilled sweet corn soup with tomatillo, cojita cheese and smoked almonds. Entrée options are a choice of fresh spaghetti with cacio e pepe, chicken and lentil salad with cauliflower, marcona almonds and cucumber with a spiced yogurt vinaigrette, or P.E.I. mussels with cotechina and chiles with an anise-cardamom aioli.
Zakarian tops it all off with a light and refreshing freshly-baked cookie, bagged to go. A lot of operators in NYC look at Greenwich as a market where price is no object in terms of what a local will pay for a meal. Zakarian places quality and value first, no matter what the location. Zakarian and The National never want the diner to remember their experience based on price. Zakarian wants his diners to remember the food, quality of service, their company and then think about when they can come back.
To learn more about The National in Greenwich, visit their website.