First Look: Stephen Starr and Jason Atherton's The Clocktower

By Kelly Dobkin  |  May 12, 2015
Credit: Liz Clayman

Dish photos by Liz Clayman. Pictured above: big-eye tuna tataki, English cucumber, radish, avocado, ponzu 

The gist: Powerhouse trio Ian Schrager (hotelier) Stephen Starr (restaurateur) and London chef Jason Atherton recently opened The Clocktower at The New York EDITION hotel. Located at 5 Madison Avenue, this is the first U.S. restaurant for the British chef, who previously teamed up with Schrager on the acclaimed Berners Tavern at the London outpost of the EDITION.

The food and drinks: The à la carte-style menu, described as "contemporary cuisine with British sensibilities​" features appetizers like big-eye tuna tataki, English cucumber, radish, avocado and ponzu and mains like dover sole in a Grenoblaise sauce, ox cheek mac and cheese, and three different steaks. The "Social Section" of the menu offers proteins for two including a breadcrumb-stuffed roast chicken. In the drinks department you'll find playful $16 craft cocktails with equally playful names and presentations (the Gap Year comes with a friendship bracelet and a glowstick, see below) like the Dill or No Dill: Beefeater gin, fresh dill, smashed cucumber, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, smoked salt solution, as well as a 300-bottle wine list.

The space: Located in the historic Met Life Tower which was built in 1893 and modeled after the Campanile in Venice, the building previously housed Metropolitan Life Insurance Company HQ until 2005. The stunning interiors designed by David Rockwell separate into several rooms (labeled by color - red, blue, purple and gold) all lined with framed photos of various celebrities, rock stars and historical figures curated by Trunk Archive. The mahogany-paneled space includes original details like antique door knobs, crown moldings and a stone fireplace. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take a look around below.

The spiral staircase up to the Clocktower looks like modern art when glancing down from the top

The "Blue Room" featuring historic celebrity photos

The Purple Room, featuring a pool table and historic photos of rock stars

Alaskan king crab, dashi gelée, pickled cucumber 

Photos from the Blue Room

North African-spiced Colorado lamb, yogurt, smoked eggplant, young curried onions

Grapefruit sorbet, curd and salad, hazelnut biscuit, fennel marmalade 

Gap Year cocktail: Spiced rum, kaffir lime sherbet, roasted pineapple juice, galangal beer, bamboo served with friendship bracelet and glowstick, photo by Kelly Dobkin

Chef Jason Atherton, photo by Liz Clayman

The details: 5 Madison Ave.; 212-413-4300