THE CARLYLE Restaurant New York | A Classy Timeless Destination
When I think of visiting The Carlyle hotel in New York City, I get an inner sense that takes me to a state of ease and pleasant familiarity. Situated on Madison Avenue, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, this iconic hotel is loved by those who appreciate upscale service without being too rigid; but most of all, to experience a piece of New York’s history, full of exciting stories. This legendary property emanates a classic, timeless atmosphere that makes you feel transported into a different era, imagining yourself being part of your own movie.
Frequented by prominent personalities, the hotel’s lobby makes you wonder whom you might see. Nevertheless, you immediately tap into a feeling of naturalness and polite discretion. Choosing your favorite ambiance to enhance your mood is easy at The Carlyle, from Bemelmans Bar, with fanciful scenes of Central Park on its walls, to the dazzling live cabaret at Café Carlyle, and of course, the elegant Carlyle Restaurant.
Whether you are visiting the restaurant for the first time, or you are a regular guest, the personnel make you feel as if they have known you forever, giving you the friendliest attention, while keeping the service lavishly articulated and beautifully presented. The sophisticated French-inspired interior is rich in ornamental elements that carry a certain je ne sais quoi. The main dining room is openly centered, connecting the rest of the areas that stand in juxtaposition to each other. Reminiscent of a mansion’s living room with a fireplace, the space is filled with softly warm lighting, featuring an impressive floral centerpiece arrangement, elegantly upholstered seats and big framed mirror shelves that gather decorative elements.
Helmed by Executive Chef Ron Pietruszka and his right hand Executive Sous Chef Muhannad Alateem, the menu is inspired in classic American cuisine, with a touch of European flair, which changes seasonally. With light jazz music in the background, allowing the restaurant’s patrons a comfortable conversation, starting with a glass of Champagne is a tradition. A variety of freshly baked bread with butter or olive oil, if that’s your preference, is offered to each guest. For starters, the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio is plated to resemble a flower, with arugula in the middle, Parmesan cream underneath and sprinkled with shaved black truffle – absolutely delicious. With colorfully decorated leaves of flowers comes the Seared Yellowfin Tuna, accompanied with marinated heirloom carrots, wasabi and peas – the perfect combination of soft flavors with a spicy kick on your palate. Both of these appetizers are great paired with light and crisp white wine, such as Petit Chablis.
To continue with the main course, ask your server for the restaurant specials. The traditionally prepared Beef Wellington, which comes with asparagus and mashed potatoes, is a fillet steak coated with pâté and duxelles, wrapped in Parma ham and puff pastry – a firework of flavors as you go through all its layers. The entire piece is presented and cut in front of the guest. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is Dover Sole Meunière. It’s cooked in front of you on a guéridon and is accompanied with sautéed spinach, roasted new potatoes, and lemon caper butter sauce. The elusive, sweet taste of the fish, paired with the mildly sharp, creamy sauce, is well balanced. A light Cabernet Sauvignon, such as Little Boat Mateo, pairs great with these two main dishes. Otherwise, ask the sommelier for a recommendation.
Now it’s time to relax and enjoy good espresso with a chocolate cookie. If you have a great liking for sweets, the Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream on top, and the Brownie with chocolate ice cream, are magnificent choices.
The Carlyle Restaurant is a classic destination, where the beauty of the past and present blend together to create a new future. But ultimately, it is your mood and expectation that will bring about the best experience, and The Carlyle is just the perfect place to enhance that.