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99 E. 52nd St., nr. Park Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-754-9494 | www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 12:00pm.-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm; Sat.: 5:00pm-9:30pm; Sun.: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 18-42; USD 39-75
FAMOUS PLATESFoie gras; Maryland crab cakes; farmhouse duck; chateaubriand; Dover sole
DRINKS AND WINELarge wine list; full bar
# OF SEATS200-250
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO51st St. (6); Lexington Ave.-53rd St. (E, M)
A long-time celebrity and financier favorite, this New York institution pulses with power players. In the famed Pool Room (the most desirable spot in the house), the tables are filled with beautiful people and high profile deal-makers, who might just manage to take in the scenery of its gorgeous granite pool (the most coveted seats are next to the pool itself) when they’re not busy schmoozing. At lunch, alternative seating options include the smaller Grill Room and The Bar, each with its own menu (a la carte and two-course prix fixe, respectively). Starched waiters glide from table to table, skillfully keeping everything moving smoothly along. It’s a restaurant that’s sure to impress.
Business-types, fashionistas and some well-dressed tourists. The crowd trends slightly older.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Formal attire is a must (jackets required for men). Sport a power suit or sleek back dress, and accessorize with your highest Louboutins and biggest pearls.
GO HERE WITH
A colleague or client for a power lunch; parents or grandparents; a date - for a traditional romantic dinner
WHY WE LIKE IT
The food never disappoints, but to be honest, we come for the scene. The Four Seasons is one of New York’s quintessential “power” restaurants–huge deals get made and the most special of occasions fêted here. This has been THE see-and-be-seen place for decades. What with the lavish setting, the ritzy clientele, and the gourmet food, there will be plenty to keep you entertained.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The service and atmosphere can seem a bit stuffy.
GOOD TO KNOW
Dinner is only served in the Pool Room. The restaurant offers a prix fixe pre-theater menu for USD 65/person. When you make your lunch reservation, specify the room in which you wish to be seated (The Pool Room, The Grill Room, or The Bar).The Four Seasons is famous for holding special occasion events in its private rooms, including weddings, engagement parties, and business-related celebrations.
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