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Lunch at Lever House--It's not just the decor that's good

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Lunch at Lever House--It's not just the decor that's good

skigirl | Nov 19, 2004 11:20 AM

Had a surprisingly good business lunch there yesterday. I started with an enormous mixed salad with ricotta salata, butternut squash and hazelnuts, which was superb. It was much lighter than I anticipated (they didn't put in too much of the non-lettuce ingredients and used only a light vinaigrette). For my entree, I had monkfish with green lentils, a red wine reduction, and a type of salumi the name of which escapes me. This was heartier fare. Frankly, while it looked great on paper, I was skpetical about how they'd do with the execution. It wasn't too heavy and the two medallions of monkfish were done to perfection. My colleagues had the lobster tempura appetizer (I didn't try, It looked great and the batter seemed very light), the strip steak entree, which actually was a strip steak casear salad in disguise, and the coeur a la creme with cherries for dessert, which looked (and from what they told me, tasted) absolutely heavenly (I behaved myself and didn't have any.)

The place ain't cheap, but I certainly see the attraction for the power lunch set. It isn't all about the food there (the see-and-be-seen factor and the space remain the focus here), but, unlike so many of the of-the-moment restaurants, they actually know how to cook!

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