Chef Ignacio Mattos and his partner Thomas Carter are, of course, responsible here—a team that’s got a lot of praise, a couple of James Beard nominations and an Obama visit under their belts. Naturally, their first uptown opening has garnered a lot of attention. So you know we had to go check it out for ourselves. And for you.
Here’s what we found.
The Hype: It’s got a strong downtown vibe.
The Reality: Yes and no. We see that in the unique interpretations of some dishes (think: Caesar salad with dressing made from fermented rye berries in place of anchovies). But the marble bar, minimal design and crowd feel right at home on the UES.
The Hype: Like with the food, they get adventurous with the cocktails.
The Reality: True. Try the Son of Neptune, which has scotch, lemon, pineapple and lavender honey.
The Hype: Seafood is strongly prioritized.
The Reality: Confirmed. From raw scallop with plum and nori to sea urchin and fluke to lobster ravioli in broth, the menu’s mostly seafood-oriented. (Though lamb ribs made their way on here, too.) See for yourself.
The Hype: You can’t leave without trying the lobster crudo.
The Reality: It’s true. You’ve got to go with the raw lobster whenever you can—this one’s topped with shiso and mayo, and it’s damn good.
The Hype: It’s essentially the uptown Estela.
The Reality: It’s got the potential. Time will tell.
The Hype: This slideshow offers a fantastic visual journey through the place.
The Reality: We may or may not have made this last one up, for our own sake.