An UES Jewel- Crown
The UES just got a bit hipper now that Chef and Restauranteur John DeLucie is in the hood. Crown is housed in a plush townhouse that exudes sexy. As soon as you arrive, you’re drawn in by the long zinc-topped bar, perfectly dim lighting, and well mixed cocktails. And this is just the beginning! The elegant and well dressed dining room has a clubby-lounge feel where distinct, stylish accents like crown molding, leather banquettes and wood-paneled walls really round things out. There’s a level of sophistication that’s apparent and it goes beyond the mature crowd. It’s definitely worth the schlep uptown especially to catch a glimpse of the private dining room tucked away behind a swinging bookcase on the lower level.
Chef John DeLucie delivers a well balanced menu of American classics- oysters, caviar, seafood, pasta dishes and meat favorites. We sampled a broad selection of items and were quite satisfied.
Trout Tartare- The cucumbers and pumpernickel crostini added a nice texture.
Seafood Salad- Perfectly prepared.
Wagyu Beef Crudo- Uniquely flavored with parmigiano reggiano and truffle vinaigrette.
Handkerchief Pasta (White Bolognese, Hazelnuts, Black truffles)- Amazingly delicious!
Short Rib Pasta- Arrived with small tortellini shells in a broth, and it was a lot lighter than I thought it would’ve been. Well done!
Brussels Sprouts- All veggies should taste this good.
Fries- Could rival McDonald’s- and I told John DeLucie this…he knew it was the ultimate compliment when it comes to fries!
THE SWEET SPOT:
Chocolate Souffle- Yummy!
Crown- 24 East 81st St / 646-559-4880
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