First Bite: Rôtisserie Georgette on the UES
After beginning as a cook in Daniel Boulud’s kitchen, then becoming the chef’s head of communications for eighteen years, the socially connected Georgette Farkas has ventured out on her own. Her elegant comfort food-retreat, Rôtisserie Georgette, is now open on 60th Street just off Central Park - the Upper East Side’s new restaurant row.
The Decor: Cognac-colored upholstered walls with antique mirrors, along with oversized leather banquettes, pillows, sweeping silk-lined canopies and French tile give the room a salonlike feel, as if you were in someone’s chic apartment. The long bar upfront is quickly becoming a social gathering spot.
The Food: The French-American menu is based on rotisserie items. Starters include a flavorful consommé with celery root, pancetta and black truffle-filled ravioli ($21), and roasted leeks with duck prosciutto, mache greens, pignoli nuts and grilled red onion vinaigrette ($14). There's a classic chicken roasted over an open flame with a choice of jus ($24), and a more indulgent Label Rouge bird for two with wild mushroom stuffing and seared foie gras ($36 per person). Peking duck breast is served with huckleberry glaze ($32), and lamb comes with lemon confit, mint, parsley and olive oil ($32). Feasts of baby pig ($450 for six guests) and leg of lamb ($225 for six) can be ordered with 72 hours' notice.
The Desserts: Oversized tarte Tatin for two is brimming with plump caramelized apples and topped with cream ($14); cranberry-poached pear is sprinkled with crunchy pecan crumble and dressed with ricotta cream ($12); and an “after party” trio of cookies includes chocolate hazelnut, salted caramel pecan and apricot pistachio ($14). For a lighter option, there's a mimosa sorbet ($10).
The Music: Selections range from Dizzy Gillespie to Modern Jazz Quartet, with some Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra mixed in.
The Crowd: The sophisticated crowd Farkas charmed at Daniel, along with the Upper East Side social set.
14 E. 60th St.; 212-390-8060