Red Snapper, melted leeks, walnut granola
First Look: Beautique, a Glitzy New Midtown RestaurantBy Billy Lyons
April 9, 2014
Guests staying at the The Plaza have a new excuse to avoid ordering room service, as modern American restaurant Beautique opens its doors for the first time tonight. A collaboration between Frank Roberts of Gramercy Park Hotel's swanky Rose Bar and former Le Cirque executive chef Craig Hopson, the restaurant features dishes driven by French technique and focused around seasonal ingredients. Here's a look at what awaits us inside Midtown's latest power lunch candidate.
The Space: The 125-seat restaurant is influenced by Coco Chanel's famed abode in Paris, complete with a mirror-lined staircase and rose petal wallpaper. At the bar, stools are covered by fabric designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, while a custom made chandelier and a smoked-mirror ceiling give select portions of the dining room their own unique characteristics.
The Food: Chef Hopson's selection is a mix of market delicacies, from wild burgundy escargot to a rabbit, fava, and grape salad. Main courses include red snapper with melted leeks and walnut granola, duck breast with sunchokes and rhubarb, and grass fed beef with bone marrow flan. Not to be overlooked, even if they are technically listed under "sides", a salad of fiddle head ferns and fried salami appears large enough to serve as a starter if desired.
The Desserts: For the final course, guests can indulge in sweets without limitations. Banana bread pudding, praline mousse roulade, and brown butter kataifi might have us wishing we booked a room across the street. However, there's also a Greek yogurt panna cotta with mango sorbet and a pineapple passion meringue served with tahini ice cream if we're looking to end our meal on a lighter note.
The Drinks: Crafted by noted mixologist Charlotte Voisey, the cocktail list offers exotic drinks like The Gabrielle, a mix of gin, ginger, oolong tea simple syrup, and lavender bitters. Additional cocktails include the King's Club, a scotch whiskey with ginger liqueur and bitters, as well as a concoction called the Deauville Julep (bourbon, basil and blueberries) just in time for the Kentucky Derby. Equally impressive is the wine list, which offers guests a choice from nearly 200 bottles with an emphasis on the Burgundy region.
The Details: 8 W 58 St.; 212-753-1200; Opens tonight