Delray welcomed the arrival of NYC operators Host Restaurants this month with the launch of Avalon Steak & Seafood.
This beachy, coastal inspired steakhouse influenced by Montauk flair and Nantucket panache, presents approachable elegance and attentive hospitality to residents and visitors of Delray Beach’s ‘Village by the Sea’.
Conceptualized by New York’s veteran hospitality operators Host Restaurants, the 30-year visionaries behind award-winning dining institutions including Scarpetta, Campagnola, American Cut, Bill’s Townhouse, and many others, Avalon’s premise is to showcase the best in land and sea from all coasts with modern dishes taking star at the dinner plate inside an atmosphere designed to radiate approachable, unstuffy elegance.
Affectionately named Avalon, after the legendary island in the Arthurian legend, a place of haven and purity fabled for its restorative healing powers, Avalon is about bringing guests who love life on the water and life by the sea to enjoy a unique new comfort-minded steakhouse experience designed to evoke an air of modern tranquility and escapism through the art of delivering upon a great quality night out.
“At Avalon, we want you to linger longer, enjoy your time here and not feel pressured to rush your meal. Dinner was made to savor; life is too short to not enjoy a great quality steak,” explains Host Restaurants President and Founder Curt Huegel.
With its opening this month, Avalon brings a robust, sustainably-sourced premium selection of prime, organic, grass fed, hormone, steroid, and antibiotic free offerings, including steaks, beef, poultry, and seafood to South Florida’s dining scene, anchored by an esteemed 250 bottle wine list for wine lovers of all regions, showcasing sought after labels from unique wineries around the world. Guests who prefer spirit-centric pairings to their meal will also delight in Avalon’s creatively conceived cocktails presenting inventive twists on classic libations.
Finding the perfect brick and mortar location in South Florida for Avalon was years in the making, explains Huegel. “We were waiting for the perfect spot to present itself in South Florida for the past five to seven years and were grateful to have had Menin Development offer Avalon’s address on the Avenue. So many of our top patrons have second homes and extended family members whom they visit in Palm Beach, Boca, Delray Beach and around South Florida, and whenever they would return to New York, they would express their wishes and wants, sharing what was missing for them with existing concepts in town. We finally found the right space and the timing to make the move was right. We want our loyal guests to know that we couldn’t be more excited to reveal Avalon, a steakhouse expressly designed with these guests in mind,” says Huegel.
Avalon’s beachy yet stylish interiors were also designed with intention. Bright, naturally lit and intimate, pristine and nautically-inspired, the atmosphere and palette is soft, soothing and designed to evoke the feeling of relishing in a tranquil and relaxing, stylish day at sea. Elegant neutrals and oceanic blues are topped off by the addition of picturesque coastal greens. The expansive indoor/outdoor bar was designed for laid-back and non-formal easy eating, keeping parties of one and two in mind. There will be two traditional dining levels – al fresco street dining for guests who prefer sight-seeing passerbys and second floor dining for a more intimate, social dining experience. All dining areas at Avalon will be implementing the strictest of COVID-19 protocols and are mindful of personal space and superior comfort.
“We believe that a memorable dining experience is one that should provide a relaxing, supportive, inclusive guest experience that is customer-centric without judgement or attitude. Our entire premise for any restaurant that we build, is to build for and around the guest experience. Avalon was expressly designed to deliver for the South Florida customer,” says Huegel.
Cooking techniques at Avalon will take modern day guest requests into mind, “Ten years ago, the edgy steakhouse was defined by lobster mac and cheese; today the guest need has evolved. We’re seeing health-minded requests and protein-centric asks. Guests are looking for clean comfort food, well prepared plates where the quality of the ingredients stand on their own merit. Avalon will present an abundance of seasonally-sourced organic meats, produce and fish that won’t cut corners when it comes to quality, prepared to our guests’ desired temperature, keeping everyday affordability in mind.”
Avalon was designed to be the place to gather and meet your best friends, your family members, your fellow entrepreneurs. “It’s about creating an atmosphere of familiarity and comfort. We’ll be the kind of establishment that gets excited when our guests step into the room. We want our team to remember your name and remember what you love to eat. We’re committed to accessible price points that won’t compromise quality and will honor that premise by always staying innovative and fresh with weekly rotating specials and of course, everyone’s fan favorite – a unique, weekly lifestyle happy hour destination where you can get excited about the fellow guests and dynamic personalities you’ll connect with at our bars. We’re excited to present a haven we felt the community deserved after hearing about the needs for some time.”
Signature dishes at Avalon encompass modern steakhouse classics cooked to preferred temperatures such as Filet Mignon, 28-Day Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye, 36 oz. Tomahawk for 2 , to sustainably-sourced seafood specialties including Whole Roasted Fish of the Day, 32 oz Aged Bone In “Tuna Ribeye”, Scallop Carpaccio with Huckleberry Agro Dolce, Spiced Cashew, Citrus Segments Basil Oil, Marigold, Angry Lobster with Fermented House Sriracha, Ginger, Pullman Toast, to light entrees for those health minded or vegetarian such as Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Herb Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese, Basil as well as inventive comfort dishes including Kimchi Fried Rice.
Avalon Delray is a new coastal-inspired twist on the traditional steakhouse by acclaimed New York restaurateurs Host Restaurants. Avalon is open serving dinner and is the perfect spot to meet for a cocktail with brunch to come at a future date. For more information or reservations, visit www.avalondelray.com.
Avalon is located at 110 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444.