Monday, March 7, 2011


By Jack Simony

When you think of going out to dine in New York, you don’t typically think of heading over to Kip’s Bay.  But Riverpark, Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar’s recent addition to the NYC dining scene, will change that.  It’s been open since the fall, which has given the kitchen and front-of-house staffs time to work out the bugs (should I use that expression in connection with a restaurant?!) and it is very, very good.

You can eat in the more casual bar area or dine in the more formal dining room.  Both are great-looking spaces, pretty masculine and also vast – this is not an intimate space.  The views of the river are terrific.  The staff is warm, welcoming and unpretentious.  The wine list is great and complements the menu well.  And the menu itself?   Intentionally eclectic, inspired by dishes from around the world while being playful with them.  The portions are generous, to say the least, which is rare nowadays in finer restaurants.  They accommodate dietary restrictions without a blink, and the dishes don’t seem to suffer for any omissions – this is a talented kitchen.  I don’t think anyone can go wrong with any of the choices – order whatever strikes you and enjoy.  Oh, and they have outdoor seating, and they serve brunch, too. 

Bon Appetit! -By Jack Simony

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