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New Neighbor: EXKi

EXKi, a restaurant “providing exquisite recipes focusing on seasonal vegetables in an environment of respect for people and nature,” brings their European approach to quick and casual dining to the Flatiron District. The name of the restaurant is a play on the French word “exquis,” which means “exquisite.”

The concept was formed during a 1999 reunion of three former Belgian classmates: Fréderic Rouvez, Nicolas Steisel, and Arnaud de Meeus. These world travelers shared a passion for high-quality fresh food, but many times were forced to sacrifice freshness and quality to enjoy a quick meal. Their idea was simple: create a quick-casual restaurant using only fresh and natural ingredients.

In 2001, the first EXKi restaurant opened in Brussels. The restaurant’s immediate success led to the opening of additional restaurants in Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, Milan, and Luxembourg. Today, there are 78 EXKi restaurants around the world, including the first New York City restaurant located on Park Avenue South.

In EXKi’s upscale atmosphere with the convenience and transparency of a quick and casual restaurant, you can find an array of options on their menu, such as Just 3 Guys home baked baguettes with tomato, mozzarella, olive tapenade, and basil; Vermont Yard ciabatta with Vermont goat cheese, edamame hummus, organic mesclun, baby spinach, and honey; Fig-Essentials salad with penne, domestic prosciutto, figs, artichoke, zucchini, baby arugula, and mozzarella; and daily creations of savory tarts.

Hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

EXKi, 257 Park Avenue South, between 20th and 21st Streets, (929) 236-3954.