It’s been an eventful year at Grayz, which reportedly lost its founding chef, Gray Kunz; closed for a quick renovation; and reopened with a reworked menu. An excellent way to catch up with the changes is the $27 three-course prix fixe lunch, cimui suggests—and from the light crowd on a recent Friday, it seems not many high-end Midtown lunchers are on to this option. “The food is impeccable, it’s relatively inexpensive, the service is excellent,” cimui says.
cimui started with a gorgeous salad of heirloom tomatoes—red, green, yellow, orange—layered over creamy goat cheese and dressed with basil and aged balsamic vinegar whose sweet-sour notes nicely highlighted the natural tomato flavors. “Simple and perfect,” she sighs. (The other first-course option was a salad of mâche, herbs, and bacon.)
Next came seared walleyed pike, cooked to a turn, with seemingly greaseless crusted shrimp, succotash, and corn foam (“I know … corn foam … but it was good!”). The portion, cimui notes, “may be small for those with bigger appetites than mine.” (The other entrée choice was grilled lamb kebab with okra stew and tzatziki.)
Dessert was a Black Forest chocolate parfait with caramelized cherries whose slight tartness set off the smooth, rich mousse—a fine way to finish, cimui writes, “light, small and delicate.”
13-15 W. 54th Street (near Fifth Avenue), Manhattan
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