The Fine-Dining Newbie: Betony
Despite an all-star team of chef Bryce Shuman and front-of-house guru Eamon Rockey, both of whom came from Eleven Madison Park, this Midtown eatery got off to a bit of a slow start. The decor of the 57th Street venue was refreshed, but it still kind of looked like previous tenant Brasserie Pushkin - a gaudy, tacky caviar-and-vodka palace. The general consensus was that it was just a poor man's version of EMP.
Then something changed: the reviews started rolling it. If there was one new restaurant that was helped by universally positive write-ups in 2013, it was Betony. Once the word was out, Downtown diners ventured to Midtown for a taste, and the restaurant embraced its fine-dining side while still keeping things casual at the bar (which, for the record, serves amazing cocktails). While industry insiders would have put their money on The Elm to be the high-end restaurant that defined the year, this sleeper crept to the top, surprising everyone.
41 W. 57th St.; 212-465-2400