A star bistro is born in New York City’s
newest star hotel.
Your train gets into Penn Station,
where to go for drinks and dinner? The
Strand Restaurant, of course, just a
couple of blocks away at 37th Street and
Fifth Avenue. Billed as a boutique hotel
that has become a hot new destination
overnight, thanks to a stunning design
highlighted by vintage fashion photography (recalling the neighborhood’s
trend-setting history) and renowned
rooftop bar on the 21st floor.
Now comes the restaurant, and
another star is born. You walk through
10-foot French doors to find a feast
for the eyes: A swing (yes, a swing!)
built for four, a fireplace with at-
tached benches, a saltwater fish tank,
a library stocked with vintage books
(mostly for looks, but help yourself),
an alabaster bar, breathtaking art and
plenty of nooks and crannies for an
intimate meal. The place is elegant and
just plain beautiful, designed by Chris
Smith, who also was part of the team
that did Nobu.
Dessert can be banana nougat pud-
ding, crepes, cheesecake or one of the
special daily ice creams.
Check out lunch for a Cobb or nicoise
salad, crab and lobster cocktail, club
sandwich or pan-roasted chicken.
Chef Gilbert worked at a number of
restaurants in Westchester, including
Crabtree’s Kittle House, and worked
for Rick Moonen at Oceana in Manhattan. Joining him in the kitchen is Kelvin
Fernandez, who cut his teeth with Albert
Portale at Gotham Bar & Grill.
It’s a formidable team.
After enjoying dinner, head up 21
floors to The Top of the Strand, named
the top rooftop bar in the city by New
York magazine. The views of the Empire
State Building and the New York skyline
In the best of all possible scenarios,
book one of the luxurious rooms as
well. Then you’d have your cocktail
lounge, your restaurant and your hotel
all in one great spot. But if you can’t
stay overnight, at least stay for dinner.
The Strand Restaurant
An American Bistro
33 W. 37th St. (at Fifth Avenue)