Towering cubbies of booze. Eleven Madison Park vets. Intricately carved wooden ceilings. Asparagus
pappardelle. Guys making their own sweet almond syrup. Seas of golden velvet.
What are: things you say yes to...
And also: things you’ll find at Betony
, two levels of elaborate brick-and-wood seasonal Midtown
dining resplendence from an Atera and Aska visionary. It’s opening tonight, and here’s your attack
Say something like “Man, what a day,” and ease into the bar area.
It’s just past
the entrance. And marked by the long black bar on the left (fancy that) and the gold tufted-velvet banquette
on the right. The full menu’s
available here—lobster with peas and Easter egg radish, fried pickles with
ramps. As are... alcoholic beverages. Like the rye, oily sugar and orange bitters sensation known as the
or whatever Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve pint they’ve got on tap.
Conduct serious business. Or get seriously distracted from it.
mythologically inclined wood-carved ceilings
of the bar is the main dining room. The detail here is, well,
“abundant” would be a word that comes to mind. Ceiling tiles rearranged from etched engineering
sketches. Even more
elaborate wood carvings. Double-shaded sconces. Deals will be made. Eyes will
Investigate the mezzanine and find a getting-to-know-you nook.
It’s full of them.
Third-date tables of the highest order. Secure some shellfish ragout, some foie gras, and let the inevitable
Those mezzanines are like date catnip.
41 W 57th St
(between 5th and 6th)
New York, NY 10019