ADDRESS: 406 East 64th Street
(Between First Avenue and York Avenue)
New York, NY 10021
WEB SITE: www.solacenyc.com
TELEPHONE: (212) 750-0434
FAX: (212) 750-0438
HOURS: Lunch: 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM, Mon.-Fri. Dinner: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sun.
Brunch: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Sun.
CUISINE: New American
(Famed chef David Regueiro, formerly at
Aureole, Bouley, The Water Club, prepares
classic seasonal dishes combined with
market-driven, innovative new global ones.)
CREDIT CARDS: All major
PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrees): $14.00 – $21.00
Dinner (entrees): $21.00 – $29.00
DRESS: Casual Elegant
SEATING CAPACITY: Front Dining Room: 30
Rear Dining Room: 40
(Seasonal Garden seats 38)
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2
(Seasonal Garden seats 38)
PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request
(Rear dining room is frequently used for
private parties and special events.)
Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Solace (Soul-us) features two dining rooms and French doors o ening onto a charming seasonal garden. The rear dining room is enhanced by cream-colored leather banquettes and golden hued backlit walls.
Chef/Owner David Regueiro is formerly of such esteemed restaurants as Bouley. Food and service are miles above your average neighborhood restaurant and price points are surprisingly modest. Chef Regueiro loves Provençal flavors in appetizers like Eggplant, Goat Cheese and Tomato Terrine. But seasonal appetizers such as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Maple and Spice Crème Fraiche are delightful, and nowhere will you sample a better Charred Yellowfin Tuna, here done with pickle relish, herb oil and peppercress.
His passion for classic cuisine is demonstrated in Bourbon and Honey Lacquered Duck Breast with Savory Date Puree. The Butter Braised Lobster may be the best in town. A special, Sauteed Monkfish with Truffle Butter and Cauliflower Puree, was indeed special and sides like creamed spinach, with a touch of Star Anis, are terrific.
There is a fine wine list (assembled by Mary, the chef’s wife, a former sommelier and wine consultant), with an emphasis on American wines and small producers. The list by the glass is also beautifully chosen and fairly priced. The meal completes with delicious desserts: Warm Glazed Corn Cake, the best Key Lime Tart I’ve ever tasted, and a Chocolate Terrene with Milk Chocolate Chantilly and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream that reminds one of the old Cafe Chauveron’s (are you old enough to remember) signature dessert.
Soon, you can come on Saturday and sample Chef Roemer’s Roast Suckling Pig, served in the garden, as a special, for $26. It pays homage to his Cuban heritage and is noteworthy. Solace 406 East 64th Street, is among the best small restaurants to open in 2008 and rates “A Major” on the Walman Report