Chef Portale was at the helm of Gotham Bar & Grill for three decades where he earned countless accolades including four James Beard Awards, five 3-Star Reviews from the New York Times and 20 Years in the Zagats top 10 most popular restaurants. These accolades and Portale’s dedication to Gotham have made him one of the most respected figures in the American Culinary Scene garnering honorary recognition from The Culinary Institute of America, the Esquire Restaurant Hall of Fame, The Michelin Guide, Meals on Wheels and CCAP. Along this 30-year journey at Gotham, Portale has spearheaded other ventures including the relaunching of Steven Starr’s Striped Bass which earned the highest ratings from Philadelphia Inquirer and an award from the James Beard House; the opening of Gotham Steak in 2008 in the Fontainebleau Resort, which was quickly recognized as one of Miami’s best restaurants; and since 2006 Portale has designed the menus for Singapore Airlines first class passengers.
This October Alfred will be opening Portale a quintessential Italian restaurant serving traditional classics perfect for any party. Portale’s new solo venture will be located at 126 West 18th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Chelsea, NYC.