Super creative dishes in an opulent space, now on 57th Street, NYC. We review Betony and Chef Bryce Shuman’s interesting takes on American cuisine.
Who to Take: Your client for dinner or treat a date to a sophisticated bite in the bar
[SADLY THIS PLACE HAS PERMANENTLY CLOSED, BUT WE AWAIT BRYCE SHUMAN’S NEXT ENDEAVOR] When I heard that talent from Eleven Madison Park opened a new spot, my expectations were super high. So in March, I headed to Betony to check it out. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately impressed by the soaring ceilings and luxe space. When the food arrived, the seduction was complete. Chef Bryce Shuman brings an optimal artistic flair to the plating, and complex flavors. Manager Eamon Rockey could not be more cordial or accommodating. This place is a total treat, whether you are in the mood for a proper dinner, or just want to sample a few of the upscale bar bites and cocktails (tip: you don’t need a reservation for a table in the bar area).
IN THE PHOTOS:
Foie Gras Bonbons with cashew and black pepper. Mini decadence. Soaring ceilings set the dramatic scene.
Gorgeous lighting behind the bar. Grain Salad with labne [fresh cheese], and sprouts. This dish may appear strange, but the combination was utterly fantastic with the crunchy grains and refreshing sprouts mixing with the creamy cheese, and just happens to be one of Chef Bruce Shuman’s favorites.
“Lobster Roll” with crème fraîche, salt, and pepper. Definitely not your typical lobster roll, but a perfectly, light elegant bite. Like a lobster cookie. Treat. Tables by the bar are first come, first serve.
Chestnut Lasagna with acorn squash and pumpernickel. This is one of those dishes whose tastes stay with you for a long time—the elements were a wonderland of comfort foods, in a buttery sauce. You just don’t want it to end. I adore the uncomplicated styling. Roasted Chicken with peas, carrots, and porcini—the dish celebrated by the New York Times review hits the spot.
BETONY, 41 w 57th St (btw 5th/6th Aves), no reservations necessary for tables in the bar area, check out the stunning photos by Francesco Tonelli on the website